Novel Methods of Isotopic Separation of Lithium 6

Norbert K Wegrzynowski*, Tomas L Martin, Thomas Bligh Scott

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Abstract

Nuclear applications often require specific isotopes of an element with the right properties. An example is lithium, which has two isotopes that play a crucial role in the nuclear industry. Lithium-7 is commonly employed as a pH controller in the cooling systems of nuclear reactors, while lithium-6 is vital for tritium production. However, the natural abundance of lithium-6 is only 7.5%, which is insufficient to achieve a high breeding rate of tritium in technically feasible breeder blanket designs. Therefore, increasing the proportion of lithium-6 in any breeder blanket concept presents a significant challenge that needs to be addressed. Prior to the operation of any commercial fusion power plant, it is necessary to establish a facility capable of producing several tons of enriched lithium-6 per year. Currently, no such facility exists. This study explores the different possibility for lithium isotope separation, and assess their viability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference for Nuclear Energy for New Europe (NENE) 2023
Place of PublicationSlovenia
PublisherNuclear Society of Slovenia
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-961-6207-56-0
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Oct 2023
Event 32nd International Conference Nuclear Energy for New Europe - Grand Hotel Bernardin Conference Center, Portorož, Slovenia
Duration: 11 Sept 202314 Sept 2023
https://www.djs.si/nene2023/proceedings/foreword

Conference

Conference 32nd International Conference Nuclear Energy for New Europe
Abbreviated titleNENE 2023
Country/TerritorySlovenia
CityPortorož
Period11/09/2314/09/23
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Keywords

  • Fusion
  • Lithium
  • Isotope separation

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