Abstract by Adam Swasey

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Adam Swasey

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Physics and Astronomy

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John Ellsworth


X-ray Spectroscopy for the Identification of Thorium Fuel Salt Constituents


In order to identify fission products and reactor constituents in the molten salt of thorium reactors, we compare x-ray spectroscopy technique to chemical analysis. Depending on the method and equipment used, concentrations down to 1 ppm could be detected. This is a faster and more cost-effective method for measuring trace element concentrations in molten salts used for fuel and/or cooling. Choosing x-ray spectroscopy methods would cut the process for testing from hours to minutes. We test our samples with an x-ray spectrometer and then analyze the data with the Guelph University PIXE software package (GUPIX). The results are encouraging and suggest integrating x-ray spectroscopy into molten salt reactor design would aid in rapid analysis of fission products and detection of corrosion products