UO2 target preparation with spin coating assisted solution combustion synthesis
1 Nuclear Science Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
2 Cyclotron Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
3 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
4 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
5 A. Alikhanyan National Science Laboratory of Armenia, 2 Alikhanyan Brothers, 0036 Yerevan, Armenia
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Published online: 22 June 2023
A simple and efficient target preparation method is developed combining spin coating and solution combustion synthesis. Multiple smooth and uniform UO2 targets have been prepared using this method on a variety of backings (aluminium, carbon, silicon) used in nuclear physics experiments. The thicknesses of the targets can be precisely tuned by changing the number of coatings within the range of ~50-1000 µm/cm2. These targets are highly uniform (<5% deviation), robust, and remain strongly adherent to their backings even after being irradiated by high doses (1017 ions/ cm2) of 1.7 MeV Ar2+ ions.
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