Volume 90 Issue 21 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: May 21, 2012

Plutonium Analysis Advances

Spectroscopy: Study of nuclear waste, fuels enabled by observation of NMR signal
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: NMR, plutonium, nuclear fuel, nuclear waste

Researchers have detected the long-sought nuclear magnetic resonance signal of plutonium-239, one of the common radioactive elements used in nuclear fuel and weapons.

The discovery will allow scientists to use NMR to directly probe plutonium coordination, electronic structure, and nuclear spin relaxation processes in nuclear fuels and waste, as well as in plutonium-containing superconductors, says Melissa A. Denecke. She is the head of actinide speciation at Karlsruhe . . .

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