Accession Number:

ADA002439

Title:

Isotope Separation Using Magneto-Plasma Instabilities.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

The report briefly describes a design for a continuously operating device which separates one isotopic species of a given element from a mixture. The essential innovation is the use of collisionless plasma instabilities to slow down ions of the desired species from two counter-streaming, initially neutral beams. The relevant processes of excitation, ionization and decay occurring in the laser-irradiated atomic beam are discussed. The plasma instabilities and the braking process in two symmetric counterstreaming beams are analyzed. Also included are a schematic of a plant design and estimated rates and power requirements.

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE