Theoretical Study of the Endogenous Production of N-13 in 115 kJ Plasma Focus Device Using Methane Gas
Journal of Fusion Energy
Mather type plasma focus device with the bank energy of 115 kJ (40 kV, 144μF) was studied for induced activity of N-13; a short-lived radioisotope β+ emitter with 511 keV of gamma rays and has a half-life of t1/2 = 9.93 min through 12C (d, n)13N nuclear reaction. N-13 radioisotope is used in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) for imaging and treatment. In this paper endogenous production of 13N is considered. It is shown by adding 3–4 % CH4 to the chamber, the induced activity of N-13 has increased about 4 %. Our study is representative of producing 106 − 109 Bq induced activity of this SLR in IR-MPF-100 device.
Faghih Haghani, S., Sadighzadeh, A., Talaei, A., Zaeem, A. A., Sadat Kiai, S. M., Heydarnia, A., & Damideh, V. (2013). Theoretical Study of the Endogenous Production of N-13 in 115 kJ Plasma Focus Device Using Methane Gas. Journal of Fusion Energy, 32(4), 480–487. doi:10.1007/s10894-013-9597-x