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As part of the actinide research programme carried out at the Institute for Transuranium Elements, actinide compounds are prepared and characterised to supply the European scientific community with the samples required for progress in f-element research. More recently, a special effort has been made: (i) to develop the Institute's potential for the preparation and refining of actinide metals (Pu, Up, Am, Cm) used as starting material for the synthesis of compounds. In addition a special apparatus was set up for the production of high purity 242Pu metal; (ii) to investigate the crystal chemistry and thermal properties of large families of isostructural compounds; (iii) to prepare single crystals of well selected actinide compounds; (iv) to produce high-quality alloys to investigate their potential use as fuel for nuclear reactors or transmutation experiments; (v) to set up the equipment (crystals) required for the systematic investigation of the basic physical properties of actinide compounds at low temperature and high field (Mössbauer spectroscopy, transport and magnetic properties). The compounds actually under investigation are pnictides, chalcogenides and intermetallic compounds with the ThCr(2)Si(2), ZrNiAl or CuAu(3) structure. This paper documents progress made in this area.

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Authors: SPIRLET J C ET AL., JRC Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 22. Journées des Actinides, Méribel (FR), April 22-24, 1992
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Record Number: 199210808 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en