A new irradiation effect and its implications for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste

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Science  26 Sep 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4464, pp. 1520-1522
DOI: 10.1126/science.7433973


Materials containing alkali metals or alkaline earths are sensitized by bombardment with either ions, electrons, or photons to chemical attack by atmospheric moisture. The implications of this effect on the proposed immobilization and long-term storage of high-level nuclear waste in glass or similar materials is discussed.