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Optical Isotope Enrichment - A Scientific Overview
Author(s): David O. Ham; Gerard P. Quigley
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Paper Abstract

Laser developments within the past five years have opened opportunities for photo induced isotope separation that have fostered a field which is characterized by intense, competitive activity and f4ous growth. The tremendous, potential economic impact of the processes that may be developed for U"3 enrichment, estimated to be as high as $80 billion over the next three decades, coupled with the need for expansion of our nuclear power generating capability,have fueled the fires ignited by laser developments. Possible heavy water isolations by an economical laser process could lead to huge savings for the Canadian heavy water reactor plants. Implications of U235 separation in the proliferation of nuclear weapons numbs our hopes for success in this area and stimulates our efforts at the same time. While the overwhelming stimulus fostered by the potential applications of work in this field makes laser isotope separation a concern of every scientist, the conflicting interests involved in these developments have concealed much of the activity as government or corporation secrets. This aspect plus the rapid progress in this field make an up-to-date review difficult at best.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 February 1976
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0061, Optical Methods in Energy Conversion, (10 February 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.954413
Show Author Affiliations
David O. Ham, University of Rochester (United States)
Gerard P. Quigley, University of Rochester (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0061:
Optical Methods in Energy Conversion
M. J. Lubin, Editor(s)

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