Deuterium retention in liquid lithium

  • Baldwin M
  • Doerner R
  • Luckhardt S
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Abstract reported. Retention was measured as a function of plasma ion dose in the range 6 × 1019–4 × 1022 D atoms and exposure temperature between 523 and 673K using thermal desorption spectrometry. The results are consistent with the full uptake of all deuterium ions incident on the liquid metal surface and are found to be independent of the temperature of the liquid lithium over the range explored. Full uptake, consistent with very lowrecycling, continues until the sample is volumetrically converted to lithium deuteride. This occurs for exposure temperatures where the gas pressure during exposure was both below and slightly above the corresponding decomposition pressure for LiD in Li. Measurements of deuterium retention in samples of lithium exposed in the liquid state to deuterium plasma are

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  • M.J. Baldwin

  • R. P. Doerner

  • S.C Luckhardt

  • R.W. Conn

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