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Analysis of metallic fuels by laser ablation
Author(s): Stephen G. Johnson; Phillip S. Goodall; Sandra M. Kimbrell; Elon L. Wood
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Paper Abstract

A hot cell-based solid sampling system has been developed for application to the analyses of irradiated materials such as metallic reactor fuel from a nuclear reactor, and radioactive waste forms. This system employs one of two sampling techniques, glow discharge or laser ablation, for introduction of material into one of two instruments for analysis, either a time of flight mass spectrometer or an inductively coupled argon plasma-atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES). This paper will discuss using ICP-AES for the analysis of major, minor and trace constituents in an unirradiated U-10 wt % Zr metallic reactor fuel. The behavior of highly refractory elements, such as Zr, in the laser ablation process will be examined in detail. Additional corroborative data provided via scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 April 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2385, Advanced Optical Methods for Ultrasensitive Detection, (7 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.206433
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen G. Johnson, Argonne National Lab.-West (United States)
Phillip S. Goodall, Argonne National Lab.-West (United States)
Sandra M. Kimbrell, Univ. of Alaska/Fairbanks (United States)
Elon L. Wood, Argonne National Lab.-West (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2385:
Advanced Optical Methods for Ultrasensitive Detection
Bryan L. Fearey, Editor(s)

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