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Making Industrial Isotopes Cheaper And With Less Pollution

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September 21, 1999
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Using only a tabletop laser and a 1-inch disk of target material, researchers at the University of Michigan College of Engineering have found they can produce relatively pure amounts of materials, sorted by atomic weight, across the entire spectrum of elements. And unlike gaseous diffusion, an industrial-scale process in use since the Manhattan Project, the separation doesn't require huge electro-magnets or leave behind a lot of cross-contaminated byproducts.

ANN ARBOR --- Gaseous diffusion, a dirty, expensive process which provides relatively pure forms of elements for microelectronics, medical tracers and nuclear fuel, may have met its match.


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