Clusius column

Clusius column

[′klüz·ē·əs ′käl·əm]
(nucleonics)
A device for separating isotopes by thermal diffusion, consisting of a long vertical tube with an electrically heated wire along its axis that produces a temperature gradient, causing the lighter isotope to concentrate around the wire and the heavier isotope to concentrate near the walls.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.