Safely probing the chemistry of Chernobyl nuclear fuel using micro-focus X-ray analysis

  title={Safely probing the chemistry of Chernobyl nuclear fuel using micro-focus X-ray analysis},
  author={H. Ding and M. C. Dixon Wilkins and C. Gausse and L. Mottram and Shikuan Sun and M. Stennett and D. Grolimund and R. Tappero and S. Nicholas and N. Hyatt and C. Corkhill},
  journal={Journal of Materials Chemistry},
Detailed chemical analysis of the solidified molten fuel still residing in the stricken Chernobyl reactor unit 4 are inferred using multi-modal micro-focus X-ray analysis of a low-radioactivity proxy. A fascinating mixture of molten UO2, nuclear fuel cladding, concrete, stainless steel and other nuclear reactor components, these materials behaved like lava, solidifying to form a complex, highly radioactive glass-ceramic. Using element-specific chemical probes (micro-X-ray fluorescence and X-ray… Expand
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