High intensity laser generation of proton beams for the production of sources used in positron emission tomography
- Conference date: 8-12 October 2000
- Location: Knoxville, Tennessee (USA)
Protons of energies up to 37 MeV have been generated using ultra-intense laser-solid interactions. These protons can be used to induce nuclear reactions in materials to produce emitting nuclei of relevance to the nuclear medicine community for Positron Emission Tomography, namely and via (p,n) and (p,α) reactions. Activities of the order of 100 kBq have been measured from a single laser pulse. The possibility of using ultraintense lasers as a substitute to cyclotrons for isotope production is discussed.
- Nuclear reactions
- Positron emission tomography
- Positron induced reactions
- Positron beams
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