Isotope separation by optically pumped ionizing collisions

S. E. Harris, D. B. Lidow

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We propose a modification of the selective two-step photoionization technique which greatly improves its efficiency. A third species with a strong resonance transition is added to the mix of isotopes which it is desired to separate. Incident optical energy is radiatively and collisionally trapped in this catalytic species. Selective ionization of excited step one species is accomplished by long-range ionizing collisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-105
Number of pages2
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1975
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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