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Laser Chemistry
Volume 18, Issue 1-2, Pages 85-97

Carbon Isotope Selective Separation From MPD of CF3Br With a TEA CO2 Laser

Departamento de Química, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Canto Blanco, Madrid 28049, Spain

Received 15 November 1997

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Pure CF3Br and mixtures of this substance with monoatomic (He, Ar and Xe), homonuclear diatomic (H2, D2, N2), polyatomic gases (CF4) and NO have been irradiated with a TEA CO2 laser. Carbon-13 enrichment factor and carbon-13 selectivity have been estimated from the mass spectrometric analysis of the undissociated CF3Br as a function of excitation wavelength, fluence, temperature and pressure. The irradiating wavelength is a crucial parameter to achieve enrichment. The nature of the added gas also affects considerably selectivity. Best enrichment is achieved in mixtures with NO due to its radical-like character.