A heavy-ion production channel of 149Tb via 63Cu bombardment of 89Y. Academic Article uri icon


  • The radionuclide 149Tb (t1/2 = 4.1 h) is a potential theranostic isotope which can simultaneously be used for targeted-alpha-particle therapy and positron-emission tomography. Feasibility experiments were performed to test a near-symmetric heavy-ion reaction of 63Cu bombardment on monoisotopic 89Y. The indirect reaction was studied to avoid isomer production. Offline gamma spectroscopy was used to quantify thick-target physical yields and experimental results show modest agreement to the fusion-evaporation code PACE4. A near-symmetric fission yield was also observed.

published proceedings

  • Appl Radiat Isot

author list (cited authors)

  • Wilkinson, J. T., Barrett, K. E., Ferran, S. J., McGuinness, S. R., McIntosh, L. A., McCarthy, M., ... Peaslee, G. F.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Wilkinson, John T||Barrett, Kendall E||Ferran, Samuel J||McGuinness, Sean R||McIntosh, Lauren A||McCarthy, Mallory||Yennello, Sherry J||Engle, Jonathan W||Lapi, Suzanne E||Peaslee, Graham F

publication date

  • December 2021