X-ray absorption spectroscopy investigations on radioactive matter using MARS beamline at SOLEIL synchrotron

Isabelle Llorens, Pier Lorenzo Solari*, Bruno Sitaud, René Bes, Sebastiano Cammelli, Hervé Hermange, Guillaume Othmane, Sami Safi, Philippe Moisy, Sandrine Wahu, Carole Bresson, Michel L. Schlegel, Denis Menut, Jean Luc Bechade, Philippe Martin, Jean Louis Hazemann, Olivier Proux, Christophe Den Auwer

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The MARS beamline at the SOLEIL synchrotron is dedicated to the characterization of radioactive material samples. One great advantage of the beamline is the possibility to characterize about 380 radionuclides by different X-ray techniques in the same place. This facility is unique in Europe. A wide energy range from around 3.5keV to 36keV K-edges from K to Cs, and L3 edges from Cd to Am and beyond can be used. The MARS beamline is optimized for X-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques (XANES/EXAFS), powder diffraction (XRD) but x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis, High Energy Resolution Fluorescence Detected -XAS (HERFD-XAS), X-ray Emission (XES) and μ-XAS/XRD are also possible. A description of the beamline as well as its performances are given in a first part. Then some scientific examples of XAS studies from users are presented which cover a wide variety of topics in radiochemistry and nuclear materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)957-972
Number of pages16
JournalRadiochimica Acta
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Molybdenum
  • Neptunium
  • Synchrotron
  • Thorium
  • Uranium
  • X-rays
  • XAS
  • Zirconium

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