AN IN-SITU URANIUM ISOTOPE MEASUREMENT FOR USE IN ATOMIC VAPOR LASER ISOTOPE SEPARATION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 7815
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Ionwerks
2215 Addison, Houston, TX, 77030
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 J Albert Schultz
Phone: (713) 667-1691
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
AN INSTRUMENT IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT THAT WILL QUANTITATIVELY MEASURE ISOTOPIC RATIOS ON A SOLID OR LIQUID SURFACE OF URANIUM (OR OTHER ELEMENTS). THE INSTRUMENT USES A PULSED ION BEAM AT GRAZING INCIDENCE TO KNOCK SURFACE ATOMS OFF IN BILLIARD BALL TYPE COLLISIONS. SOME OF THESE ATOMS ARE IONIZED AND CAN BE FOCUSED THROUGH A HIGH RESOLUTION TIME-OF-FLIGHT MASS SPECTROMETER. A HIGH DUTY CYCLE ALLOWS RAPID DETERMINATION OF ISOTOPIC RATIOS IN A FEW SECONDS WITHHIGH PRECISION. THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL FOR BEING A MUCH SIMPLER AND LESS EXPENSIVE APPROACH TO THESE MEASUREMENTS THAN PRESENT METHODS. IT WILL BE COMPLEMENTARY TO EXISTING TECHNIQUES.

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