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High-power laser chains used for laser isotope separation
Author(s): Louis Andre Lompre
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Paper Abstract

Since 1985, France has chosen to focus on the selective photo-ionization process called SILVA for uranium enrichment. The general SILVA schedule has led to the construction of a pilot facility called ASTER, aimed to a general assessment of SILVA. It utilizes a mid power dye laser chain pumped by copper vapor laser chains. An alternative solution to pump dye laser is under development. It is based on high-power diode-pumped frequency doubled Nd:YAG modules. Performances as high as 150 Watts, at 532 nm, 10 kHz and pulse duration shorter than 75 ns have been obtained. The electrical efficiency overpasses 5 percent. The paper will give a description of the high power laser chains used or proposed for laser isotope separation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 January 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3886, High-Power Lasers in Energy Engineering, (11 January 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.375114
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Louis Andre Lompre, CEA Saclay (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3886:
High-Power Lasers in Energy Engineering
Kunioki Mima; Gerald L. Kulcinski; William J. Hogan, Editor(s)

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