The first isotopes received with the photochemical method were mercury-196 and mercury-202 isotopes. The mercury-196 isotope was used in medical practice for diagnostics of certain diseases, and later in a study of the feasibility of using mercury enriched with the mercury-196 isotope up to 2-4% in luminescent light sources for improvement of their light output.
The further progress of the photochemical method was related to the development of mercury enrichment processes with isotopes of mercury-202, 200, 198, 199, 204. These works have proved the photochemical method to be more efficient than the electromagnetic one.
Today the "Foton" plant is being used for the production of isotopes of mercury - 196, 198, 199,200,202,204 enriched up to 95%,99%,90%,99%,99%,98% cooordinately in quantities sufficient for consumption in Russia and export to other countries. We are also searching for possibilities of extracting mercury 201 isotope.
List of papers
1. Yu.V.Vyazovetskii "Separation of the by the Mercury Isotopes Photochemical Method". Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2005, vol.79, №7, pp.1182-1186.
2. Yu.V.Vyazovetskii "Mercury Isotope Production with the Photochemical Method". Applied Physics, The Scientific and Technical Journal, 2005, №3, p.95.
3. Yu.V.Vyazovetskii, A.P.Senchenkov. "Production of highly enriched mercury isotopes by a photochemical method." Technical Physics, 1998, vol.43, №1, pp.60-66.
4. Yu.V.Vyazovetskiy "Production of the Hg-199 Isotope by the Photochemical Method" Technical Physics, 2006, vol.51, №7, p. 867.
5. Yu.V.Vyazovetskii "Production of the Hg-196 Isotope by a Photochemical Method" Technical Physics, 2005, vol.50, №3, pp. 347-350.