# Inexpensive alpha emitter?

by Strat-O
Tags: alpha, emitter, inexpensive
 P: 32 Thanks. After posting I thought about Americium because it's common in smoke detectors. It is a bit expensive at $160 per milligram but I think I can produce small amounts of product and scale it up. 1 gram of Americium would generate 3.5 Ci. I'm guessing that amount would cost far less than$160,000. The cool thing is with a 400+ year half life for Am-241, it would not need to be replenished often. Strat-O
 P: 32 Inexpensive alpha emitter? Price is outstanding. Looks like you can get a gram of Am-241 oxide for $1,600. Admin P: 21,880  Quote by Strat-O Thanks. After posting I thought about Americium because it's common in smoke detectors. It is a bit expensive at$160 per milligram but I think I can produce small amounts of product and scale it up. 1 gram of Americium would generate 3.5 Ci. I'm guessing that amount would cost far less than \$160,000. The cool thing is with a 400+ year half life for Am-241, it would not need to be replenished often. Strat-O