Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 56, Issue 12, pp 1104–1111

Splittings, Satellites and Fine Structure in the Soft X-ray Spectroscopy of the Actinides

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11244-013-0076-4

Cite this article as:
Tobin, J.G., Yu, S. & Chung, B.W. Top Catal (2013) 56: 1104. doi:10.1007/s11244-013-0076-4


Perhaps the most demanding and powerful actinide spectroscopy is that using soft X-ray and VUV photons. Because of the relatively low energy and fairly small sampling depths of these photons and the corresponding electrons, it is necessary to use un-encapsulated samples with highly cleaned and well-prepared surfaces. This causes a myriad of sample containment problems for these radioactive materials. Despite these hindrances and difficulties, the soft-X-ray and ultra-violet spectroscopy of the actinides can provide an amazing level of detailed information, particularly having to do with 5f electronic structure. In this paper, the splittings, satellites and fine structure of the following actinide soft X-ray spectroscopies will be discussed: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; X-ray absorption spectroscopy; and inverse photoelectron spectroscopy, including Bremstrahlung isochromat spectroscopy and resonant inverse photoelectron spectroscopy.


XAS U d levelsXAS Ce d levelsLanthanides satellites fine structureU 5f DOSXPS U 4dEELS Ce 3dUO2 Bremstrahlung isochromat spectroscopy (BIS)UO2 resonant inverse photoelectron spectroscopy (RIPES)

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA