Electron backscatter diffraction of a plutonium-gallium alloy

C. J. Boehlert, T. G. Zocco, R. K. Schulze, J. N. Mitchell, R. A. Pereyra

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Abstract

An experimental technique has recently been developed to characterize reactive metals, including plutonium (Pu) and cerium, using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Microstructural characterization of Pu and its alloys by EBSD had been previously elusive primarily because of the extreme toxicity and rapid surface oxidation rate associated with Pu metal. The experimental technique, which included ion-sputtering the metal surface using a scanning Auger microprobe (SAM) followed by vacuum transfer of the sample from the SAM to the scanning electron microscope (SEM), used to obtain electron backscatter diffraction Kikuchi patterns and orientation maps for a Pu-gallium alloy is described and the initial microstructural observations based on the analysis are discussed. The phase transformation behavior between the δ (face-centered cubic) and ε(body-centered-cubic) structures is explained by combining the SEM and EBSD observations.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages67-75
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Volume312
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

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plutonium alloys
gallium alloys
scanning
diffraction
electrons
Plutonium alloys
Electron diffraction
Scanning
Metallodent-C
Gallium alloys
plutonium
Plutonium
Metals
electron microscopes
metals
Electron microscopes
cerium
toxicity
metal surfaces
phase transformations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Boehlert, C. J., Zocco, T. G., Schulze, R. K., Mitchell, J. N., & Pereyra, R. A. (2003). Electron backscatter diffraction of a plutonium-gallium alloy. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 312(1), 67-75. DOI: 10.1016/S0022-3115(02)01555-6

Electron backscatter diffraction of a plutonium-gallium alloy. / Boehlert, C. J.; Zocco, T. G.; Schulze, R. K.; Mitchell, J. N.; Pereyra, R. A.

In: Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol. 312, No. 1, 01.2003, p. 67-75.

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Boehlert, CJ, Zocco, TG, Schulze, RK, Mitchell, JN & Pereyra, RA 2003, 'Electron backscatter diffraction of a plutonium-gallium alloy' Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol 312, no. 1, pp. 67-75. DOI: 10.1016/S0022-3115(02)01555-6
Boehlert CJ, Zocco TG, Schulze RK, Mitchell JN, Pereyra RA. Electron backscatter diffraction of a plutonium-gallium alloy. Journal of Nuclear Materials. 2003 Jan;312(1):67-75. Available from, DOI: 10.1016/S0022-3115(02)01555-6
Boehlert, C. J. ; Zocco, T. G. ; Schulze, R. K. ; Mitchell, J. N. ; Pereyra, R. A./ Electron backscatter diffraction of a plutonium-gallium alloy. In: Journal of Nuclear Materials. 2003 ; Vol. 312, No. 1. pp. 67-75
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