Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Physics Division

Physics Division Seminars

Physics Division Seminars bring us speakers on a variety of physics related subjects. Usually these are held in the Building 6008 large Conference Room, at 3:00 pm on the chosen day, but times and locations may vary. For more information, contact our seminar chairman,

Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri
Tel (Office): (865) 574-6124  (FAX): (865) 574-1268


Thu., March 14, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. (refreshments at 2:40 p.m.)

The LANL Isotope Program: Recent Advances

Meiring Nortier, Los Alamos National Laboratory
ORNL, Bldg. 6008, Large Conference Room

The LANL Isotope Program: Recent advances Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has a long history of producing radioisotopes for applications in medicine, biology, nuclear physics, and national security. From 1974 to 1998 isotopes were produced via spallation using an 800-MeV proton beam available from the original Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF) linear accelerator. Since then, the LANL radioisotope program has upgraded its capabilities and commissioned in 2004 a new 100 MeV Isotope Production Facility (IPF) at the same accelerator, presently known as the Los Alamos Neutron Science Centre (LANSCE). Today the IPF is one of two accelerator based facilities used by the National Isotope Program. It has been instrumental in providing isotopes to domestic and international customers like GE Healthcare, the Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of research institutions. With a proton beam current of up to 250 ľA and more, this large-scale isotope production facility plays a lead role globally in pushing the envelope of isotope science and high power accelerator targets. The LANL isotope program is supported by a growing R&D program covering major aspects such as high power accelerator targetry, nuclear cross section data, separation chemistry and various isotope applications. This seminar will provide an overview of the LANL isotope program and will highlight some of the more recent R&D activities with a focus on the physics and engineering aspects.

Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri, (uribarri@ornl.gov), 865-574-6124