Isotope Separation Using Magneto-Plasma Instabilities.
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C
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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.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics