Electron microscopy at the nano-scale to investigate the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant radiation releases

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Abstract

In March of this year, the incident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan reached its five year anniversary. Tied with the 1986 events of Chernobyl as one of the worst nuclear disasters to ever have occurred, much is still to be known about the state and environmental behaviour of many of the contributing contaminants; especially the longer-lived, less radioactive but more chemically toxic species. With nearly all of the work on the analysis of the radioactive material released from the multiple reactor-building event surrounding the sort/medium-lived fission-product isotopes of cesium, this work centres n the analysis of sub-micron uranium particulate. Through the application pf a low-vacuum SEM, micromanipulators and specialist electron-beam hardening adhesive, individual suspected fallout particles were identified and subsequently isolated. Their removal facilitates a wide range of characterisation techniques to be performed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-31
Number of pages5
JournalMicroscopy and Analysis
Issue number26
Early online date1 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2016

Structured keywords

  • Cabot Institute
  • Cabot Institute Low Carbon Energy Research

Keywords

  • Fukushima
  • Fukushima Daiichi
  • FDNPP
  • Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Material analysis
  • IAC
  • Radiation
  • Uranium
  • Fallout

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