Production and applications of 227 Ac

Leon Baetslé, A. Droissart

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    Abstract

    After a short survey of the main chemical and nuclear properties of Ac the earlier develeoped production techniques are reviewed. The grammescale production of 227Ac is based on the irradiation of large amounts of 226Ra in the BR2 reactor.
    In the hot cell facilities the irradiated targets are reprocessed using precipitation and ion exchange techniques. The function of the radon adsorption and ventilation facility is described schematically as it takes part in the hot cell operations. Actinium-227 can be used as heat source or in conjunction with Be as neutron source. The isotopic heat source programme aims at the development of a thermoionic converter. The neutron sources programme comprises the production of 108 tot 109 ns-1 sources and an evaluation of their use in oil well logging, on-line activation analysis, and neutron radiography.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherSCK CEN
    Number of pages38
    StatePublished - Jun 1973

    Publication series

    NameSCK CEN Reports
    PublisherSCK CEN
    No.BLG-483

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