||Brookhaven Linac Isotope Producer (BLIP)|
||Brookhaven National Laboratory |
|Result of NP Research:
||Basic Nuclear Physics research|
|Application currently being supported by:
||DOE Office of Nuclear Physics|
|Impact/benefit to spin-off field:
||Development of new radioisotopes for medical diagnosis and cancer therapy.|
The Brookhaven Linac Isotope Producer (BLIP) runs parasitically off of the Brookhaven National Laboratory 200 MeV proton linear accelerator (LINAC). DOE NP supports the operation of the LINAC to generate beams of polarized protons to study the spin structure of the nucleon at RHIC. The BLIP facility utilizes unused bursts of proton beams to irradiate targets for the development of new radioisotopes for medical diagnosis and cancer therapy.
The 200 MeV LINAC supplies protons and polarized protons to the Booster for nuclear physics. Excess pulses (~90%) are diverted to BLIP for medical radioisotope research and production. Major current projects include large scale distribution of Sr-82 for heart scans, Ge-68 for calibration of hospital PET scanners, as well as Zn-65 for metabolic research. New isotope development programs include Cu-67 for cancer therapy, Y-86 for cancer diagnosis, and Fe-52 for combined PET&MRI diagnostic imaging. Prototype apparatus for hot cell processing of Cu-67 is shown below.
200 MeV LINAC
Hot cell processing of Cu-67