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Time-dependent Local and Average Structural Evolution of δ-phase 239Pu-Ga Alloys

  • Alice I. Smith (a1), Katharine L. Page (a1) (a2) (a3), Joan E. Siewenie (a1) (a2) (a3), Adrian S. Losko (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4), Sven C. Vogel (a1), Olivier A. Gourdon (a2), Scott Richmond (a1), Tarik A. Saleh (a1), Michael Ramos (a1) and Daniel S. Schwartz (a1)...

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Plutonium metal is a very unusual element, exhibiting six allotropes at ambient pressure, between room temperature and its melting point, a complicated phase diagram, and a complex electronic structure. Many phases of plutonium metal are unstable with changes in temperature, pressure, chemical additions, or time. This strongly affects structure and properties, and becomes of high importance, particularly when considering effects on structural integrity over long periods of time [1]. This paper presents a time-dependent neutron total scattering study of the local and average structure of naturally aging δ-phase 239Pu-Ga alloys, together with preliminary results on neutron tomography characterization.

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