Converter optimization for photonuclear production of Mo-99

A. Tsechanski, D. Fedorchenko, V. Starovoitova, A. Galperin

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We used Monte Carlo simulations to study optimal configuration of bremsstrahlung converter for photonuclear production of 99Mo. To account for details of bremsstrahlung photons production and energy dependency of photonuclear reaction cross section we introduced a new metric – the effective bremsstrahlung efficiency criterion. Monte Carlo simulations using PHITS transport code showed that converter optimization using this criterion allows to achieve 2–2.8% increase in 99Mo production in a thick radioisotope producing target.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-123
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
StatePublished - 15 Dec 2019


  • Electron accelerator
  • Medical isotopes
  • Mo-99 production
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Photonuclear reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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