THE POINTSMAN FOUNDATION
MAGIS: THE SOLUTION
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.
ANIMATION BY MARIANNA GRENADIER
MAGIS System (magnetically activated and guided isotope separation). Click on the image to view the system in action. Animation by Marianna Grenadier.