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Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopic Analysis of Plastic Capsule Materials Exposed to Deuterium-Tritium (DT) Gas

Jon R. Schoonover, Warren P. Steckle, Jr., Norman Elliot, Peter S. Ebey, Arthur Nobile, Abbas Nikroo, Robert C. Cook, Stephan A. Letts

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 49 / Number 4 / May 2006 / Pages 865-869

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Planar samples of varying thicknesses of both CH and CD glow discharge polymer have been measured with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy before and after exposure to deuterium-tritium (DT) gas at elevated temperature and pressure. Planar samples of polyimide films made from both hydrogenated and deuterated precursors have also been examined by FTIR before and after DT exposure. The post-exposure FTIR spectra demonstrated no measurable exchange of hydrogen with deuterium or tritium for either polymer. Evidence for oxidation of the glow discharge polymer due to atmospheric oxygen was the only chemical change indicated by the FTIR data.

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