Separation of no-carrier-added 90Nb from proton induced natural zirconium target
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No-carrier-added (nca) 90Nb (14.6 h) was produced by irradiating a natural zirconium foil of 4.9 mg/cm2 thickness by 13 MeV proton beam. Nca 90Nb of ~27 kBq activity was produced in the target matrix. Liquid–liquid extraction technique was applied using trioctylamine (TOA) in cyclohexane to separate nca 90Nb from bulk zirconium matrix. About 70% radiochemical yield of nca 90Nb was achieved with a separation factor of 1.4 × 104.
Keywords90Nb Proton irradiation LLX TOA Radiochemical separation
This work has been carried out as part of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics-Department of Atomic Energy, XI five year plan project “Trace Analysis: Detection, Dynamics and Speciation (TADDS)”. Authors are thankful to pelletron staff of BARC-TIFR pelletron facility, Mumbai, for their kind cooperation and help during experiment. M. Maiti expresses sincere thanks to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for providing necessary grants.
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