Development of a High Power ISOL Target for Radioactive Beam Facilities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER86312
Agency Tracking Number: 82458
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: 26 d
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Small Business Information
I.c. Gomes Consulting & Investment, Inc.
1728 Killdeer Drive, Naperville, IL, 60565
DUNS: 007263861
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Itacil Gomes
 (630) 416-7534
Business Contact
 Itacil Gomes
Title: Dr
Phone: (630) 416-7534
Research Institution
 Argonne National Laboratory
 Jerry A Nolen
 9700 S. Cass Avenue Bldg 203
Argonne, IL, 60439 4838
 (630) 252-6418
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Target performance is a key element for the successful operation of a RIB (Radioactive Ion Beam) facility used in Nuclear Physics research. The tilted target is a promising approach for a fast release target, in that it would provide considerable yields in the spallation region of the residual mass distribution. However, the development of this target will require that a number of important issues be investigated: thin plate fabrication with high density and high thermal conductivity, heat removal (preferentially by heat radiation), release of isotopes of interest, and physical integrity of the target plate under irradiation. This project will design, fabricate, and test a prototype tilted target along with its enclosure. The main issues to be addressed are fabrication, release characteristics, heat removal, temperature distribution (thermal stresses) in the target plate, and ideal angle of the target plate. The experimental setup will consist of a beam with a large footprint, and with intensity high enough for testing release rates, heat deposition, and temperature distribution in a small scale mockup. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: A fast-release high-power target should greatly benefit RIB facilities because the fast release characteristic should allow production of beams with high intensity of short lived isotopes. The target concept also should find use in other accelerators and radioisotope production devices.

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