MSE Colloquium - Prof. Jeff Terry
Date: March 01, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
Location: Room 214, S.W. Mudd
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Synchrotron Radiation Studies of Advanced Nuclear Energy Materials

 

Jeff Terry

Physics Department

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago IL 60161

 

Advanced nuclear energy systems are envisioned to operate at high temperatures, high burn-up, harsh neutron irradiation, and corrosive environments. New materials and nuclear fuels with improved performance, safety and reliability are needed for the increasingly demanding operating conditions. The fundamental challenge in developing new materials with improved irradiation, temperature, and corrosion resistance is to understand and control chemical and physical phenomena in complex systems over multiple time and length scales. Solving these scientific and technical challenges will require an integrated approach of all available computational and experimental capabilities. Historically, the application synchrotron radiation characterization techniques have revolutionized the materials science of semiconductors, superconductors, proteins, and drug design. These synchrotron radiation techniques, however, have not been made readily available to the nuclear material scientific user community.  There are many reasons that these modern tools have not been well utilized by the nuclear community. Over the last decade, many of the barriers to the study radioactive materials and synchrotrons have been overcome. The use of synchrotron radiation techniques represents an important opportunity that needs to be fully exploited for nuclear materials research and development. This talk will focus on the application of synchrotron techniques to measure the electronic structure and the nano- and meso-scale geometric structure of materials of interest to the nuclear community. The methods that have been used to handle radioactive materials safely at synchrotron radiation facilities will also be discussed.