Magnetically Activated and Guided Isotope Separation

  • Thomas R.┬áMazur

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Thomas R. Mazur
    Pages 1-12
  3. Thomas R. Mazur
    Pages 13-37
  4. Thomas R. Mazur
    Pages 39-77
  5. Thomas R. Mazur
    Pages 79-112

About this book

Introduction

This thesis describes a proof-of-principle experiment demonstrating a technique for stable isotope enrichment called Magnetically Activated and Guided Isotope Separation (MAGIS). Over the past century many enriched isotopes have become available, thanks largely to electromagnetic separators called calutrons. Due to substantial maintenance and operating costs, the United States decommissioned the last of its calutrons in 1998, leading to demand for alternative methods of isotope separation. The work presented here suggests the promise for MAGIS as a viable alternative to the calutrons.The MAGIS technique combines optical pumping with a scalable magnetic field gradient to enrich atoms of a specific isotope in an atomic beam. Benchmarking this work against the calutron using lithium as a test case, the author demonstrated comparable enrichment in a manner that should scale to the production of similar quantities, while requiring vastly less energy input.

Keywords

Calutrons Electromagnetic Separators Halbach Arrays Isotope separation Lithium Atomic Beam Lithium Isotope Separation Magnetically Activated and Guided Isotope Optical Pumping Separation Stable isotope enrichment

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas R.┬áMazur
    • 1
  1. 1.Washington University School of Medicine in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23956-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-23954-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-23956-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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