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Metal Oxide Films Produced by Polymer-Assisted Deposition (PAD) for Nuclear Science Applications


The Polymer-Assisted Deposition (PAD) method was used to create crack-free homogenous metal oxide films for use as targets in nuclear science applications. Metal oxide films of europium, thulium, and hafnium were prepared as models for actinide oxides. Films produced by a single application of PAD were homogenous and uniform and ranged in thickness from 30 to 320 nm. The reapplication of the PAD method (six-times) with a ten percent by weight hafnium(IV) solution resulted in an equally homogeneous and uniform film with a total thickness of 600 nm.

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