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The Solubility and diffusion coefficient of helium in uranium dioxide

Nakajima, Kunihisa ; Serizawa, Hiroyuki ; Shirasu, Noriko ; Haga, Yoshinori ; Arai, Yasuo

The solubility and diffusion coefficient of helium in the single-crystal UO$$_{2}$$ samples were determined by a Knudsen-effusion mass-spectrometric method. The measured helium solubilities were found to lie within the scatter of the available data, but to be much lower than those for the polycrystalline samples. The diffusion analysis was conducted based on a hypothetical equivalent sphere model and the simple Fick's law. The helium diffusion coefficient was determined by using the pre-exponential factor and activation energy as the fitting parameters for the measured and calculated fractional releases of helium. The optimized diffusion coefficients were in good agreement with those obtained by a nuclear reaction method reported in the past. It was also found that the pre-exponential factors of the determined diffusion coefficients were much lower than those analyzed in terms of a simple interstitial diffusion mechanism.

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