Magnetically Activated and Guided Isotope Separation (“MAGIS”) is a new and efficient method for isotope separation that was developed by the foundation's Founder/Chairman Prof. Mark G. Raizen at The University of Texas at Austin.  MAGIS was inspired by James Clerk Maxwell's vision of a fantastic pointsman, whose quick hands guide different atoms along their tracks. MAGIS uses lasers to change the internal state of the atoms and their response to a magnetic field, a gentle flipping of a switch.  Desired isotopes are separated, using permanent magnets as a guiding track


Unlike the Calutron, which requires tremendous amounts of energy to maintain a powerful magnetic field with electromagnets, MAGIS consumes very little energy due to its use of low-powered lasers and permanent magnets.


MAGIS can be used to separate over 130 isotopes of over 30 elements with a wide-range of applications in medicine, research and energy efficiency. In particular, MAGIS can produce a host of stable isotopes used to produce the range of radio-isotopes needed for medical research, diagnostic imaging (PET & SPECT), and highly-effective radio-therapies. While a select few of these radio-isotopes are already used in millions of diagnostic imaging procedures such as heart and brain scans, many other radio-isotopes have shown tremendous potential in research and clinical trials, but are in extremely short supply due to the current cost of precursor separated isotopes.









MAGIS System (magnetically activated and guided isotope separation). Click on the image to view an animation of the MAGIS system in action. Animation by Marianna Grenadier.


For further information please go to the published paper in Nature Physics.