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Title: USING A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH, THE FIRST ELECTRON BACKSCATTERED KIKUCHI PATTERNS WERE CAPTURES FOR A PU ALLOY

Microstructural characterization of plutonium by electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) has been previously elusive primarily because of the extreme toxicity and surface oxidation rates associated with plutonium metal. In this work, initial electron backscattered diffraction pattern (EBSP) observations of a plutonium-gallium (Pu-Ga) alloy were made. Samples were prepared using standard metallographic and electropolishing techniques that were performed inside gloveboxes and/or an open front hood to prevent spread of radioactive contamination. A scanning Auger microprobe (SAM), equipped with an ion-gun, was used to characterize and remove surface chemical impurities (in particular carbon (C) and oxygen (O)) and a specially designed vacuum transfer device was used to minimize oxidation during the sample transfer from the SAM to the scanning electron microscope (SEM). EBSD patterns of the {delta}-phase (face-centered-cubic) were captured and the experimental techniques and parameters used to perform EBSD characterization are described in detail.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
782774
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-01-3685
TRN: AH200133%%299
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Conference title not supplied, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied; Other Information: PBD: 1 Jun 2001
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ALLOYS; CARBON; CONTAMINATION; ELECTRON MICROSCOPES; ELECTRONS; FCC LATTICES; OXIDATION; PLUTONIUM