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Abstract

This report is a review of three Advanced Isotope Separation Processes which are expected, when fully workable, to undercut the cost of the methods for uranium enrichment used now: mainly gaseous diffusion and centrifugation. These 3 Advanced Isotope Separation Processes are: the Atomic Vapour Laser Isotope Process (A.V.L.I.S.), the Molecular Separation Isotope Process (M.L.I.S.) and the Plasma Separation Process (P.S.P.); they use photons with a precisely tuned wavelength to excite selectively the desired isotopic species; the high selectivity permits the product to be obtained in a single operation. However, further exploration is needed for much of the technology and physics involved in the processes; especially for the latter, a detailed discussion is given in the report. The report also focusses on the adaptations involved in translating laboratory scale techniques into industrial processes. Lastly, a survey of individual countries' involvement in the development of the processes, and an assessment of further uses of the Advanced Isotope Separation Processes is given.

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Authors: CLERC M, CEA, CEN SACLAY (FRANCE);PLURIEN P CEA, CEN SACLAY (FRANCE), CEA, CEN SACLAY (FRANCE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 10743 EN (1986) MF, 184 P., BFR 300, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 925, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
Availability: Can be ordered online
Record Number: 1989126016000 / Last updated on: 1989-03-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en