Rapid separation of 110In from enriched Cd targets by thermal diffusion

Hans Lundqvist, Vladimir Tolmachev, Alexander Bruskin, Lars Einarsson, Petter Malmborg

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110In (T 1 2 = 69 min, 62% β+) is a short-lived positron emitting indium isotope that can be produced in high radioactivity amounts by a low-energy accelerator and from an enriched 110Cd-target. We present a simple, non-destructive and rapid method to separate radioactive indium isotopes from cadmium targets with the special aim to produce 110In. The irradiated target foils were heated up to 306°C, that is close to the melting point of cadmium. At this temperature the indium isotopes were diffusing out to the surface of the foils. After the end of the heating a high concentration of indium radioactivity was found at the surface of the target. By dipping the foils into a weak acid more than 60% of the radioactivity was etched off the target with less than 2% loss of the target material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-863
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation

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