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This article gives a brief review of the basic research activities on actinide elements and compounds at the Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe (DE), revealing the varying nature of the 5f electrons across this last, and least explored, row of the periodic table. The efforts are emphasized on Np, Pu, and Am, and how such studies can enhance understanding of the complete series. The article begins with the importance of preparation and then describes measurement techniques including those to characterize structural, magnetic, transport, and surfaces properties.

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Authors: GOUDER T ET AL, JRC, Institute of Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Materials Research Society Bulletin, September (2001), pp.684-688
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