Excitation Function for the Production of \(^{96}\)Nb in the \(^{nat}\)Zr(\(p,x\)) Reaction

Nguyen Van Do, Nguyen Thanh Luan, Nguyen Thi Hien, Guinyun Kim, Kim Tien Thanh, Pham Duc Khue, Bui Van Loat


We have measured the excitation function for the production of 96Nb in proton induced reaction on natural zirconium in the energy range of 10.58 MeV to 43.61 MeV. The measurement was performed using a stacked-foil activation method combined with off-line γ-ray spectrometry. The stack containing Zr samples, Cu monitors, and several energy degraders was irradiated at the MC-50 Cyclotron of the Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences (KIRAM), Korea. The cross section of the natZr(p,x)96Nb reaction was extracted from the measured activity of reaction product using an HPGe γ-ray detector. The energy of the proton beam along the stacked foil was calculated using the code SRIM-2013. The proton beam flux was determined via the natCu(p,x)62Zn and natCu(p,x)65Zn monitoring reactions. The measured cross sections of the natZr(p,x)96Nb reaction as a function of the proton energy are compared with the literature data as well as with the theoretical predictions using the TALYS-1.95 nuclear model code and the TENDL-2019 nuclear data library.


natZr(p,x)96Nb reaction; Excitation function; Stacked-foil activation method; γ-ray spectroscopy; TALYS-1.95; TENDL-2019 data library.

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