vacuum-arc centrifuge

vacuum-arc centrifuge

[′vak·yəm ¦ärk ′sen·trə‚fyüj]
(nucleonics)
A type of plasma centrifuge in which a fully ionized plasma consisting of ions of the cathode material is produced by a vacuum-arc discharge between a carbon or metal cathode and a grounded mesh anode, and this then propagates as a rotating plasma column.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.