Positrons on Demand
Technical Report,28 Sep 2015,27 Dec 2016
MicroPET Inc San Francisco United States
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MicroPET has bounded the performance and scaling characteristics of an approach to synthesizing short-lived positron emitting isotopes based on anisotropic plasma jets that are generated by intense, sub-picosecond laser pulses focused into pulsed supercritical hydrogen jets. While these jets produce multi-MeV protons, the fluxes and energies achievable with currently available lasers are inadequate to generate useful quantities of the radioisotopes. Future efforts will explore radiofrequency quadrupole linear accelerators as an alternative proton source to create the first synthetic system to produce positron emitting biomolecules at the point of care.
- Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics
- Particle Accelerators
- Lasers and Masers