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Structural investigation of thorium in molten lithium-calcium fluoride mixtures for salt treatment process in molten salt reactor

Numakura, Masahiko*; Sato, Nobuaki*; Bessada, C.*; Okamoto, Yoshihiro ; Akatsuka, Hiroshi*; Nezu, Atsushi*; Shimohara, Yasuaki*; Tajima, Keisuke*; Kawano, Hirokazu*; Nakahagi, Takeshi*; Matsuura, Haruaki*

X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements on thorium fluoride in molten lithium-calcium fluoride mixtures and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of zirconium and yttrium fluoride in molten lithium-calcium fluoride mixtures have been carried out. In the molten state, coordination number of thorium and inter ionic distances between thorium and fluorine in the first neighbor are nearly constant in all mixtures. However the fluctuation factors (Debye-Waller factor and C$$_3$$ cumulant) increase until $$x$$CaF$$_2$$ = 0.17 and decrease by addition of excess CaF$$_2$$. It means that the local structure around Th$$^{4+}$$ is disordered until $$x$$CaF$$_2$$=0.17 and stabilized over $$x$$CaF$$_2$$ = 0.17. The variation of fluctuation factors is related to the number density of F$$^-$$ in ThF$$_4$$ mixtures and the stability of local structure around Th$$^{4+}$$ increases with decreasing the number density of F$$^-$$ in ThF$$_4$$ mixtures. This tendency is common to those in the ZrF$$_4$$ and YF$$_3$$ mixtures.

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