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  • n. A form of mass spectrometer used to separate the isotopes of uranium.


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  • It is not surprising that the device used at Oak Ridge was called a "calutron" — after California — and that its inventor, Ernest Lawrence from Berkeley, also was the inventor of the cyclotron.

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  • The calutron program had advanced significantly beyond the centrifuge efforts.

    The Point of No Return

  • Three people added that they believed Iraq was also operating a secret calutron plant (a facility for separating uranium isotopes).

    Spies, Lies, and Weapons: What Went Wrong

  • Along with their efforts to obtain Plutonium through the French-built Osiraq fission reactor, Iraq would use the calutron electromagnetic isotope separation EMIS process to produce the highly enriched uranium it would need for its weapons.

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  • The international community has acknowledged the existence of an Iraqi calutron program for more than ten years, and the progress of this program was detailed by an Iraqi defector named Khidhir Hamza, who, at one time, was the head of Iraq's nuclear weaponization program.

    Archive 2002-12-01

  • Manhattan Project 's atomic experiments, but large high current silver wires were used in the calutron isotope separator magnets in the project.

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  • In it, process tanks with calutron units alternate with magnetic windings made of silver. - latest science and technology news stories

  • In 2005, Oak Ridge's premier heritage tourism event, the Secret City Festival, featured first-ever tours for the public into Y-12's Beta 3 calutron building; we established online registration and literally thousands of people visited over that weekend and the special weekend we had to schedule for Y-12 employees and their families.

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  • Jefferson had one surprise during the evenings event -- a photograph / negative of the original calutron girl, Lucille Whitman, whose image was captured on film by famed Manhattan Project era photographer Ed Westcott.

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  • If you fire up a production sized calutron it would light the whole map up, and then the next day you would be bombed.

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  • "One American defense consultant told me that as yet there is "no smoking calutron," although, like many Western government officials, he is convinced that Iran is intent on becoming a nuclear state sometime in the future."

    -"Iran and the Bomb" by Seymour M. Hersh, in the June 6, 2011 issue of the New Yorker, p 30

    June 6, 2011

  • "a device that uses large electromagnets to separate uranium isotopes from uranium ore. It was developed in the 1940s to produce highly enriched weapons-grade uranium."

    June 9, 2009