MeV per nucleon ion irradiation of nuclear materials with high energy synchrotron X-ray characterization

M. J. Pellin*, Abdellatif M. Yacout, Kun Mo, Jonathan Almer, S. Bhattacharya, Walid Mohamed, David N Seidman, Bei Ye, D. Yun, Ruqing Xu, Shaofei Zhu

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The combination of MeV/Nucleon ion irradiation (e.g. 133 MeV Xe) and high energy synchrotron x-ray characterization (e.g. at the Argonne Advanced Photon Source, APS) provides a powerful characterization method to understand radiation effects and to rapidly screen materials for the nuclear reactor environment. Ions in this energy range penetrate ∼10 μm into materials. Over this range, the physical interactions vary (electronic stopping, nuclear stopping and added interstitials). Spatially specific x-ray (and TEM and nanoindentation) analysis allow individual quantification of these various effects. Hard x-rays provide the penetration depth needed to analyze even nuclear fuels. Here, this combination of synchrotron x-ray and MeV/Nucleon ion irradiation is demonstrated on U-Mo fuels. A preliminary look at HT-9 steels is also presented. We suggest that a hard x-ray facility with in situ MeV/nucleon irradiation capability would substantially accelerate the rate of discovery for extreme materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-271
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Characterization
  • Radiation damage
  • UMo
  • energetic ion
  • nuclear fuels
  • x-ray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • General Materials Science
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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