Rotating plasma configurations have long been identified as promising techniques to discriminate elements depending on their mass. Although most of the past studies have been devoted to isotope separation, in the last decade plasma mass separation techniques have attracted interest for processing nuclear waste. The Magnetic Centrifugal Mass Filter concept represents a variation on the plasma centrifuge, with applications that are particularly promising for high-throughput separation of ions with large mass differences. The existence of favorable separation regimes is demonstrated by a single-particle orbit code. As an example of interest, it is shown that separation factors of about 2.3 are achievable in a single pass when separating Aluminum from Strontium ions.
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory managed by Princeton University.
© 2019 Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. All rights reserved.