Radioactive Waste Storage Materials: Their α-Recoil Aging

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Science  26 Sep 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4464, pp. 1518-1520
DOI: 10.1126/science.209.4464.1518


Ion implantation experiments suggest that the accumulation of α-recoil damage in radioactive waste storage materials, which behave like solid-state track detectors, plays a drastic role in their long-term degradation. The understanding of α-recoil "aging," overlooked in earlier studies, offers new guidelines for improving waste storage conditions.