Title: The Actinides Elements: Properties and Characteristics
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC64447
ISBN: 978-0-08-056027-4
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC64447
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In this chapter, the properties of the actinide (5f ) elements are discussed. These elements are unstableand undergo radioactive decay. Because handling them is complex and their availability is limited, it is difficult to experimentally investigate their (bulk) properties and most of the data presented here are given for the major actinides, uranium and plutonium, which have been studied extensively because they are fissile and are used as fuel in nuclear reactors.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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