Diffraction study of actinides under pressure
Uranium and thorium have sufficiently low radioactive dose rates to allow their study at synchrotrons and neutron facilities. Correspondingly, numerous compounds of these two actinides have been studied under pressure by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The maximum pressures reached were on the order of 60-80 GPa, and 300 GPa in one case. The situation is much more difficult for all other actinides. Their high level of radioactivity has up to now prevented their study at synchrotrons, except in a few special cases. In contrast, all actinide metals available in sufficient quantities, and a large number of compounds of highly radioactive actinides, have been studied in high pressure laboratory facilities. Recent examples of in situ high pressure x-ray diffraction work is described.
Bibliographic Reference: Article : High Pressure Research, Vol. 14 (1996) pp. 393-404
Availability: Available from Gordon and Breach Science Publishers SA, Amsterdam (NL)
Record Number: 199610947 / Last updated on: 1996-09-30
Original language: en
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