Neutron activation analysis has been applied to determine the purity of super-enriched176Yb as well as a diagnostic to optimize yields from the P.A.R.I.S. mass separator at Orsay. In 25 mass separations carried out during 3 months, 910 mg of super-enriched176Yb2O3 were recovered from the original 7 g of176Yb2O3 (97.5% enrichment). Neutron activation analysis has shown that only two per thousand of the initially present174Yb remained in the super-enriched product. Using this176Yb super-enriched (99.998%) target, micro-quantities of the high spin (16+) isomer178m2Hf were produced by the (,2n) reaction at the U-200 cyclotron in Dubna. Quantities of about 2·1012 atoms of this isomer have been irradiated by thermal neutron at the ORPHEE Reactor, Saclay. Only the neutron capture giving rise to the isomeric state 25/2– of179Hf has been measured, by detection -rays of this 25.1 days isomer. A cross section of 45±5 barns was obtained for178m2Hf(n,)179m2Hf.