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Title: Identifying anthropogenic uranium compounds using soft X-ray near-edge absorption spectroscopy

Uranium ores mined for industrial use are typically acid-leached to produce yellowcake and then converted into uranium halides for enrichment and purification. These anthropogenic chemical forms of uranium are distinct from their mineral counterparts. The purpose of this study is to use soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy to characterize several common anthropogenic uranium compounds important to the nuclear fuel cycle. Non-destructive chemical analyses of these compounds is important for process and environmental monitoring and X-ray absorption techniques have several advantages in this regard, including element-specificity, chemical sensitivity, and high spectral resolution. Oxygen K-edge spectra were collected for uranyl nitrate, uranyl fluoride, and uranyl chloride, and fluorine K-edge spectra were collected for uranyl fluoride and uranium tetrafluoride. Interpretation of the data is aided by comparisons to calculated spectra. These compounds have unique spectral signatures that can be used to identify unknown samples.
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Journal ID: ISSN 0584-8547; 47772
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Spectrochimica Acta. Part B, Atomic Spectroscopy; Journal Volume: 127; Journal Issue: C
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS uranium; x-ray; nuclear forensics; anthropogenic uranium; x-ray absorption spectroscopy; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory