The morphology and composition of uranium alpha sources with co-deposited platinum have been investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence analysis (EDX), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) studies. Combined SEM and EDX measurements reveal the effect of porous platinum on the morphology of the sources which in turn affects their alpha-spectral resolution. The XPS analysis suggests that the presence of platinum initially increases the concentration of hydroxyl species in the deposits, which then act as centres for subsequent preferential uranium precipitation. XPS and XAFS analysis also provide for first time an indication of oxidation states of uranium present in the sources prepared by the Hallstadius method. These results are in line with Hansen's theory of electrodeposition of actinides. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
- Oxidation states
- Source preparation