Formation of 238U16O and 238U18O observed by time-resolved emission spectroscopy subsequent to laser ablation

David G. Weisz, Jonathan C. Crowhurst, Wigbert J. Siekhaus, Timothy P. Rose, Batikan Koroglu, Harry B. Radousky, Joseph M. Zaug, Michael R. Armstrong, Brett H. Isselhardt, Michael R. Savina, Magdi Azer, Mikhail S. Finko, Davide Curreli

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We have measured vibronic emission spectra of an oxide of uranium formed after laser ablation of the metal in gaseous oxygen. Specifically, we have measured the time-dependent relative intensity of a band located at approximately 593.6 nm in 16O2. This band grew in intensity relative to neighboring atomic features as a function time in an oxygen environment but was relatively invariant with time in argon. In addition, we have measured the spectral shift of this band in an 18O2 atmosphere. Based on this shift, and by comparison with earlier results obtained from free-jet expansion and laser excitation, we can confirm that the oxide in question is UO, consistent with recent reports based on laser ablation in 16O2 only.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number034101
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 17 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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