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High Pressure Fermiology of Uranium-238

Title: High Pressure Fermiology of Uranium-238: Sample Preparation Effects on Crystal Quality.
Name(s): Bernstein, Michael, author
Department of Physics
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this thesis is to present the results of how the preparation of a sample of Uranium-238 changes its crystal quality. First this thesis will explain the process of etching Uranium and what this does to a crystal batch. This thesis will then explore the process of "cutting" Uranium with an Electric Discharge Machine (EDM) and how this negatively affects the crystal. It will then delve into the effects of Jackson-polishing and how it improves crystal quality. The largest portion of this thesis will concentrate on the annealing of a crystal. It will explain what annealing is and why it too improves crystal quality. It will present the process used and data found concerning the melting point found for this particular batch of Uranium. It will then explore a range of temperatures and durations of anneals that either do or do not produce an improvement in crystal quality. It will also argue that certain shapes of crystals are affected differently by annealing than others. It will then provide a recommended path heading forward.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0295 (IID)
Keywords: Uranium, Annealing, Crystal
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Physics in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 18, 2014.
Subject(s): Condensed matter
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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