Isotope Production Facility (IPF)


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The Los Alamos National Laboratory has produced radioactive isotopes for medicine and research since the mid 1970s, when targets were first irradiated using the 800 MeV proton beam from the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF). Those target irradiations continued through the 1990s at LAMPF and its successor organization, the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). The Los Alamos program has supplied a wide range of radioisotopes to medical researchers and other scientists all over the world. Throughout its history, the Los Alamos program has been a leader in developing and producing new and unique isotopes for research and development. Some of the isotopes, such as aluminum-26 and silicon-32, are unique to Los Alamos; they are produced nowhere else in the world. For others, such as germanium-68 and strontium-82, the Los Alamos program has been and continues to be a major supplier. The changing mission for the accelerator facility in the early 1990s provided an opportunity to upgrade and improve the irradiation capabilities of the Los Alamos radioisotope program. This resulted in the Isotope Production Facility (IPF) construction project, which focused on building a new target area dedicated to isotope production and research. The new facility utilizes a 100 MeV proton beam extracted from the main LANSCE accelerator and directed to a modern target irradiation facility.

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