Accession Number:

AD0729806

Title:

Isotope Separation with the CW Hydrogen Fluoride Laser,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS

Report Date:

1971-09-08

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

A CW hydrogen fluoride laser has been used successfully to separate deuterium from hydrogen by specific photocatalysis of the reaction of methanol with bromine. The strong absorption of H3COH was demonstrated for the HF laser lines P15, P16, and P17. No absorption by deutero-methanol of the HF beam was observed. Excitation of H2COH by the absorbed beam increased the rate of H3COH removal by reaction with bromine. Irradiation of a 11 H3COHD3COD gas mixture in the presence of bromine for a period of 1 min with the 90-W CW hydrogen fluoride laser beam produced isotope enrichment to greater than 95 percent D3COD. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Radiation and Nuclear Chemistry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE