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Understanding the O4,5 edge structure of actinide metals: Electron energy-loss spectroscopy and atomic spectral calculations of Th, U, Np, Pu, Am, and Cm

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.77.113109 DOI Help

Authors: M. T. Butterfield (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) , K. T. Moore (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) , M. A. Wall (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) , R. G. Haire (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) , G. Van Der Laan (Diamond Light Source; Daresbury Laboratory)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Physical Review B , VOL 77 (11) , PAGES 113109-1/4

State: Published (Approved)
Published: January 2008

Abstract: The actinides are of great interest to the physics and chemistry communities due to the intriguing and unique physical properties they exhibit as a result of the complicated ectronic structure of the 5f states. Actinide materials are also rapidly growing in importance for energy and industry, particularly given expanding interest in next-generation nuclear reactors.1 Yet, despite this rising awareness, there remains a discernible lack of knowledge of the fundamental physics and materials science of the actinides, even for the elemental metals.2 A better understanding of the electronic structure of actinide metals, alloys, and compounds is required or accurate modeling of the behavior of these materials. In order to begin providing this, we have undertaken a continuing investigation of the 5f states of actinide metals through experiment and theory.

Subject Areas: Physics

Instruments: NONE-No attached Diamond beamline