The use of NaBO2
as a target material for the preparation of radioactive Na24
through the deuteron bombardment reaction
is discussed. The general advantages of NaBO2
as a target material, compared to metallic sodium or other sodium containing compounds, are given, as well as the procedure for target preparation and the details of the chemical treatment used for the purification of the Na24
The general use of metaborate targets is discussed briefly for other deuteron bombardment reactions in which an elementary target material is less practical to use.