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Can We Extract Production Cross-Sections from Thick Target Yield Measurements? A Case Study Using Scandium Radioisotopes

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Heavy Ion Laboratory, University of Warsaw, 02-093 Warszawa, Poland
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Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, 02-093 Warszawa, Poland
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Groupement d’Intérêt Public ARRONAX, 44817 Saint-Herblain Cedex, France
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Institute of Physics, Department of Nuclear Physics and Its Applications, University of Silesia, 41-500 Chorzów, Poland
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Instruments 2019, 3(2), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/instruments3020029
Received: 27 March 2019 / Revised: 10 May 2019 / Accepted: 11 May 2019 / Published: 14 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Instruments and Methods for Cyclotron Produced Radioisotopes)
In this work, we present an attempt to estimate the reaction excitation function based on the measurements of thick target yield. We fit a function to experimental data points and then use three fitting parameters to calculate the cross-section. We applied our approach to 43Ca(p,n)43Sc, 44Ca(p,n)44gSc, 44Ca(p,n)44mSc, 48Ca(p,2n)47Sc and 48Ca(p,n)48Sc reactions. A general agreement was observed between the reconstructions and the available cross-section data. The algorithm described here can be used to roughly estimate cross-section values, but it requires improvements. View Full-Text
Keywords: medical Sc radioisotopes; radioisotope production; thick target yield measurements; cross-section reconstruction; numerical analysis medical Sc radioisotopes; radioisotope production; thick target yield measurements; cross-section reconstruction; numerical analysis
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Sitarz, M.; Jastrzębski, J.; Haddad, F.; Matulewicz, T.; Szkliniarz, K.; Zipper, W. Can We Extract Production Cross-Sections from Thick Target Yield Measurements? A Case Study Using Scandium Radioisotopes. Instruments 2019, 3, 29.

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