Laser-isotope-separation technology. [Review; economics]

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The Molecular Laser Isotope Separation (MLIS) process currently under development is discussed as an operative example of the use of lasers for material processing. The MLIS process, which uses infrared and ultraviolet lasers to process uranium hexafluoride (UF/sub 6/) resulting in enriched uranium fuel to be used in electrical-power-producing nuclear reactor, is reviewed. The economics of the MLIS enrichment process is compared with conventional enrichment technique, and the projected availability of MLIS enrichment capability is related to estimated demands for U.S. enrichment service. The lasers required in the Los Alamos MLIS program are discussed in detail, and their performance and ... continued below

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Jensen, R.J. & Blair, L.S. January 1, 1981.

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The Molecular Laser Isotope Separation (MLIS) process currently under development is discussed as an operative example of the use of lasers for material processing. The MLIS process, which uses infrared and ultraviolet lasers to process uranium hexafluoride (UF/sub 6/) resulting in enriched uranium fuel to be used in electrical-power-producing nuclear reactor, is reviewed. The economics of the MLIS enrichment process is compared with conventional enrichment technique, and the projected availability of MLIS enrichment capability is related to estimated demands for U.S. enrichment service. The lasers required in the Los Alamos MLIS program are discussed in detail, and their performance and operational characteristics are summarized. Finally, the timely development of low-cost, highly efficient ultraviolet and infrared lasers is shownd to be the critical element controlling the ultimate deployment of MLIS uranium enrichment. 8 figures, 7 tables.

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  • Industrial US/Japan conference on laser material processing, Anaheim, CA, USA, 16 Nov 1981

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  • Other: DE81030114
  • Report No.: LA-UR-81-2423-Rev
  • Report No.: CONF-811116-1(Rev)
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5986817
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1098411

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Jensen, R.J. & Blair, L.S. Laser-isotope-separation technology. [Review; economics], article, January 1, 1981; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1098411/: accessed December 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.