ISOTOPE PRODUCTION IN THE FFTF BY NEUTRON TRANSMUTATION
Westinghouse Hanford Company
P.O. Box 1970, Richland, Washington 99352, U.S.A.
A calculational study has identified long-lived radioisotopes or rare stable isotopes that can be efficiently produced in the Fast Flux Test Facility. This study was restricted to isotopes produced by neutron transmutation of selected target materials and mainly involves (n,γ) reaction processes. The entire table of isotopes was considered in selecting 441 target/product isotopes for study. There were 25 highly attractive candidates and 91 additional possible candidates identified from these calculations. In addition, information on the application of several of the product isotopes was reviewed, with most of the emphasis in medical areas. Finally, in-depth analyses were made on the present production in the Fast Flux Test Facility of Gd-153 and possible future production of Cf-252.