Cascade of gas centrifuges used at Piketon, Ohio to produce enriched uranium (Photo: USDOE)
Laser enrichment of isotopes has major potential to reduce the cost of nuclear power (Photo: Shutterstock)
With the world’s first laser enrichment plant having received a construction and operating license from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2012, the stage has been set for a radical change in the industry. So how does laser enrichment work, and what commercial benefits, along with proliferation concerns, does this new process present compared to current methods?
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