Word Archaeology: calutron

This word, first used in 1945, refers to a mass spectrometer designed to separate uranium isotopes. It was developed as part of the Manhattan project by Ernest Lawrence of the University of California, based on his cyclotron – thus the name “calutron”. Enriched uranium from a calutron was used in the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

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