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Beam delivery for stable isotope separation
Author(s): Andrew Forbes; Hendrick J. Strydom; Lourens R. Botha; Einar Ronander
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Paper Abstract

In the multi-photon dissociation process of Carbon isotope enrichment, IR photons are used to selectively excite a molecule with the given isotopic base element. This enrichment process is very sensitive to the beam's intensity and wavelength. Because the intensity is determined by the propagation of the field, the enrichment factors are also very dependent on the field propagation. In this paper, the influence of the wavelength and intensity of the beam, on the isotope selective dissociation of a CFC compound is investigated both experimentally and theoretically. Consideration is also given to some of the factors that influence the delivery of various beams to the reactor chamber, and their subsequent propagation through the reactor. The results show that suitable beam forming can lead to an improved isotope separation process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2002
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 4770, Laser Beam Shaping III, (24 October 2002);
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew Forbes, Scientific Development and Integration (South Africa)
Hendrick J. Strydom, Scientific Development and Integration (South Africa)
Lourens R. Botha, Scientific Development and Integration (South Africa)
Einar Ronander, Scientific Development and Integration (South Africa)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4770:
Laser Beam Shaping III
Fred M. Dickey; Scott C. Holswade; David L. Shealy, Editor(s)

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