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Actinide material preparation at the European Institute for Transuranium Elements covers metal refining, single crystal growth and synthesis of new compounds. After the preparation and refining of the actinide metals by chemical vapour transport, metallothermic reduction, vacuum fusion, selective evaporation and condensation, the compounds are synthesised by direct reaction between the elements using arc melting, levitation melting or solid-vapour reaction. Single crystals are grown by the high temperature solution growth method, by chemical vapour transport, by pulling from the melt or recrystallisation in the solid state. Rapid solidification techniques such as splat cooling and melt spinning, followed by recrystallization at moderate temperatures are also used for the preparation of new compounds.

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Authors: SPIRLET J C, JRC Karlsruhe, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, D-7500 Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Transuranium Elements Today and Tomorrow, Karlsruhe (DE), Oct 26-27, 1988 Article: Journal of Nuclear Materials, No. 166 (1989), pp. 41-47
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34555 ORA
Record Number: 198911065 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en