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Lasers For Isotope Separation
Author(s): Edgar A. O'Hair; Martin S. Piltch
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Paper Abstract

The Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory is conducting research on uranium enrichment. All processes being studied employ uranium molecules and use lasers to provide isotopic selectivity and enrichment. There are four well-defined infrared frequencies and two ultraviolet frequency bands of interest. The infrared frequencies are outside the range of the available lasers and an extensive research and development activity is currently underway. Lasers are available in the uv bands, however, much development work remains. The specification for the commercial uranium enrichment plant lasers will depend upon the results of the current enrichment experiments, the laser capital cost, reliability; and maintenance cost. For the processes under investigation there are specific photon requirements but latitude in how these requirements can be met. The final laser selections for the pilot plant need not be made until the mid-1980's. Between now and that time as extensive as possible a research and development effort will be maintained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1976
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0086, Industrial Applications of High Power Laser Technology, (30 December 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.954973
Show Author Affiliations
Edgar A. O'Hair, University of California (United States)
Martin S. Piltch, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0086:
Industrial Applications of High Power Laser Technology
John F. Ready, Editor(s)

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