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Title: Comparison of preparation techniques for nuclear materials for transmission electron microscopy (TEM)

Preparation of highly radioactive and irradiated nuclear fuels and materials for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is conjoined with a set of unique challenges, including but not limited to personnel radiation exposure and contamination. The paper evaluates three specimen preparation techniques for preparation of irradiated materials and determines which technique yields to the most reliable characterization of radiation damage microstructure. Various specimen preparation artifacts associated with each technique are considered and ways of minimizing these artifacts are addressed.
Authors:
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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1177609
Report Number(s):
INL/JOU--14-33278
Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3115; TRN: US1500050
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Nuclear Materials; Journal Volume: 459
Publisher:
Elsevier
Research Org:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; NUCLEAR FUELS; Radioactive Materials; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; Materials Characterization; Physical RADIATION EFFECTS; Occupational Exposure; CONTAMINATION; Sample Preparation; MICROSTRUCTURE; Minimization TEM; ELECTRO-POLISHING; FIB; NUCLEAR MATERIALS; PIPS-2