I have a Physics question for which I could not find the answer on the Internet, so I would like to see if y'all know the answer to it.
I have found that heavy water will have a different boiling point compared to light water, and this trend is present between various isotopes of an element. Based on this research, I have hypothesized that Uranium can be enriched using the procedure below.
Make UF6 (s)
Sublime it in a glass tube
Lower temperature with such precision, that one isotope of Uranium still remains in the gaseous form while another isotope has turned back into a solid.
Separate the gas and solid without disrupting the fragile temperature balance.
Although this link is for Germanium isotopes, it states that there is a 0.15 Celcius change of melting points between isotopes. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0921452618300863
So, here are my questions.
Would this apply similarly to Uranium, and how would the use of UF6 affect this boiling point difference?
How exactly does the boiling/melting point change between differing isotopes? And is there a particular formula for finding the melting point for a particular isotope? (I assume it would take in the number of neutrons and some other info)
In addition, is it possible to adjust the temperature of the entire system with decimal grade precision?
Furthermore, would the above setup work at all?
Also, if UF6 is too sensitive, would melting Uranium metal in a kiln with decimal precision temperature adjustability work?
Finally, is there a good, reliable source for melting point differences between isotopes?
I would like to first say that this is all purely theoretical and that I will take no action upon the information obtained; it is all merely a thought experiment to enhance my understanding of Chemistry and Physics. I mean, it's not like I'm gonna make a nuclear bomb; I'm just a normal HS student in the US. If you still think that this information might be dangerous out here, please PM me so we might work something out, like meeting via Zoom/Skype/Phone or something; I am very flexible about that.
I hope y'all have a great day.