Research in the patterns of time-related change in the structure and properties of plutonium dioxide produced with different process streams

Glagovskiy, E. M.; Zhmak, V. A.; Klepatskiy, V. Ye.; Konovalov, L. N.; Laushkin, A. V.; Orlov, V. K.; Chebotarev, Ya. N.
July 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 532 Issue 1, p138
Academic Journal
The work reported in this paper represents the first step in a study of the changes that plutonium dioxide experiences when it is stored in air. Using x-ray analysis methods, we studied the changes in the phase composition, the crystal structure, the size of crystallites, and the level of micro-distortions of the lattice that are the result of the action of the a-particles given off by the plutonium in natural radioactive decay (self-irradiation). In addition, an attempt is made here to elucidate the effect that the method for producing the dioxide has on the course of the above-enumerated processes when the dioxide is stored. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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