Proton beams generated with high-intensity lasers: Applications to medical isotope production

Fritzler, S.; Maika, V.; Grillon, G.; Rousseau, J. P.; Burgy, F.; Lefebvre, E.; d'humières, E.; McKenna, P.; Ledinqham, K. W. D.
October 2003
Applied Physics Letters;10/13/2003, Vol. 83 Issue 15, p3039
Academic Journal
Proton beams of up to 10 MeV have been obtained by the interaction of a 10 Hz “table-top” laser, focused to intensities of 6×10[sup 19] W/cm[sup 2], with 6-μm-thin foil targets. Such proton beams can be used to induce [sup 11]B(p,n)[sup 11]C reactions, which could yield an integrated activity of 13.4 MBq (0.36 mCi) after 30 min laser irradiation. This can be extended to GBq levels using similar lasers with kilohertz repetition rates, making this positron-emission tomography isotope production scheme comparable to the one using conventional accelerators. © 2003 American Institute of Physics.


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