Target manufacturing


Our laboratories are primarily focused on the production of radioactive targets. The method of target preparation is selected based on various experimental requirements, which include:

  • Physical state of the target: Options include solid, liquid, or gaseous states. Solid targets may be self-supporting or mounted on a backing, necessitating additional considerations such as uniformity, homogeneity, and thickness.
  • Chemical characteristics: Factors such as purity, elemental and isotopic composition, and chemical stability are crucial.
  • Radioactive characteristics: The activity and dose rate are critical, particularly from a radioprotection standpoint.

We employ a variety of techniques for target manufacturing in our laboratories:

  • Mechanically: Tablet pressing.
  • Chemically: Electrodeposition from aqueous media and molecular plating from organic solvents.
  • Physically: Vacuum vapor deposition and droplet deposition.

To ensure the quality of the produced targets, we characterize their activity, uniformity, homogeneity, thickness, and purity using the following methods:

  • α-spectrometry
  • γ-spectrometry
  • Radiographic imaging

These stringent processes ensure that each target meets the specific needs of our experiments.