Development of Thin Refractory Actinide Plates for High Power RIB Targets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER86389
Agency Tracking Number: 91408
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: 49 d
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
1728 Killdeer Dr, 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 Nolen
 Physics Division
9700 So Cass Ave.
Argonne, IL, 60439
 (630) 252-6418
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
The performance of the target is essential for the successful operation of a RIB (Radioactive Ion Beam) facility. The target must have fast release to allow short-lived isotopes to be available for experiments, and it has to be able to withstand the power that will be deposited in the bulk of the target material. The availability of thin plates of refractory actinides, with high density and high thermal conductivity, would be highly desirable for RIB facilities. Targets built with these plates can provide high yields in the spallation and fission mass regions, providing a wide variety of isotopes to be used in nuclear physics experiments. This project will develop and test procedures for fabricating thin plates of refractory actinides. In particular, the fabrication technique will seek to optimize the particular combination of properties that are needed for specific isotopes of interest. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: High density, fast release, thin plates of refractory actinides would be used in targets for advanced nuclear physics studies at rare isotope beam facilities. These techniques also are likely to be useful in medical isotope production.

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