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Magnesium aluminum spinal is a material selected as a possible matrix for transmutation of minor actinides by neutron capture or by fission in nuclear reactors. To study the radiation stability of this inert matrix, especially against fission product impact, irradiation's with heavy energetic ions or clusters have been performed. The high electronic energy losses of the heavy ions in this material led to the formation of visible tracks as evidenced by transmission electron microscopy for 30 MeV Buckminster Fullerenes and for ions of energy close to or higher than fission energy.

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Authors: WISS T, ITU Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (DE);MATZKE H, ITU Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: ITU Karlsruhe (1999)
Availability: Available free of charge from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, Ispra (IT)
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