In order to replace the ageing BR2 research reactor, SCK•CEN is developing MYRRHA (Multi-purpose hybrid research reactor for high-tech application). This reactor is conceived as an accelerator driven system, using a high-intensity proton beam from a linear accelerator. In the phased approach implementation of the project, a section of the MYRRHA accelerator delivering a 100-MeV proton beam will first be constructed and commissioned. Besides proving the reliability requirements of MYRRHA, the main application of this first phase accelerator is the planned Proton Target Facility (PTF) where the 100-MeV protons will be used for the production of radioisotopes primarily for medical purposes.
One of the envisaged methods for production of radioisotopes at the PTF facility is the Isotope Separation OnLine (ISOL) method. Producing medical isotopes through this method requires the design of an isotope collection station where the radioactive ion beam from the ISOL system can be implanted onto/into a collection medium. This study will be focused on defining several aspects of the collection station design for few isotopes currently of great scientific and medical interest.