calutron


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calutron

[′kal·yə‚trän]
(nucleonics)
An electromagnetic apparatus for separating isotopes of uranium and other elements according to their masses, using the principle of the mass spectrograph.
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The Alpha II tracks were rectangular in shape as the Calutrons located at the curved portions of the original oval race-track designs had proven difficult to regulate.
Many of the bulky calutron pole magnets used to enrich uranium were produced in Austria by a state-owned firm that shipped the finished products to Iraq, half by truck through Turkey and the rest through Hamburg.
The idea of questioning Groves about the relative merits of calutrons compared to gaseous diffusion compared to centrifuges I am sure never occurred to McKellar.
Special applications are in Chapter 6, which covers accelerator MS, and Chapter 7, where large calutrons can be contrasted to the small analyzers that are taken aboard spacecraft, for example.
In 1991, in one of the first, and only, instances of finding prohibited equipment, inspectors came upon some massive calutrons used for enriching uranium at an Iraqi military base.