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Stable Isotope Enrichment Capabilities at Ornl

by Brian J Egle, W S Aaron, Kevin J Hart
Publication Type
Conference Paper
Journal Name
Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Publication Date
Volume
297
Issue
2
Conference Name
26th World Conference of the International Nuclear Target Development
Conference Location
Mainz, Germany
Conference Sponsor
Helmholtz-Institut Mainz (HIM) and hte Helmholtz-Institut Jena (HIJ)
Conference Date
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The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the US Department of Energy – Nuclear Physics Program have built a high-resolution Electromagnetic Isotope Separator (EMIS) as a prototype for reestablishing a US based enrichment capability for stable isotopes. ORNL has over 60 years of experience providing enriched stable isotopes and related technical services to the international accelerator target community, as well as medical, research, industrial, national security, and other communities. ORNL is investigating the combined use of electromagnetic and gas centrifuge isotope separation technologies to provide research quantities (milligram to several kilograms) of enriched stable isotopes. In preparation for implementing a larger scale production facility, a 10 mA high-resolution EMIS prototype has been built and tested. Initial testing of the device has simultaneously collected greater than 98% enriched samples of all the molybdenum isotopes from natural abundance feedstock.