Lab uses LEU to produce molybdenum-99

05/14/2013 | Global Security Newswire

The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico said it was able to use particle acceleration to extract the medical isotope molybdenum-99 from a slightly acidic solution of low-enriched uranium. The approach may offer an alternative to the use of highly enriched uranium in producing the isotope. The lab said the technique is similar to one proposed for mass production of the isotope.

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