Martin Christopher Ashford

Funding: SCK•CEN
Research on exotic isotopes is stymied in some cases by a lack of experimental data, as the particles are difficult to produce in large amounts and are very short-lived. Isotopes for medical applications often require reactors or cyclotrons, which are limited in the range of elements they can easily produce. Using the ISOL method with the MYRRHA particle accelerator, coupled with cleverly designed targets suitable for high-power, will allow production of both short- and long-lived isotopes in relatively large quantities and with high purity.
Simulations that take into account particle physics, thermo-mechanics, effusion and diffusion processes, will allow conception of target designs optimised for the production of a variety of useful isotopes.
Experimental work will complement these simulations in order to validate the results.

IMMC main research direction(s):

finite elements
particle methods
isol physics

Research group(s): TFL
Collaborations: Christophe Craeye, Hamid Ait Abderrahim