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Our research interests lie in understanding and quantifying the changes that materials go through when they experience the combination of radiation fields, high pressures, and high temperatures that are common in nuclear environments.

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Rodney Ewing
Stanford University
Dept. of Geological Sciences
450 Serra Mall, Building 320
Stanford, CA 94305-2115

Office: Green Earth Sci. 307
Phone: 650-497-6203

Actinide materials are the backbone of the nuclear fuel cycle—either for the production of energy or nuclear weapons. We study the mineralogy, materials science and geochemistry of actinides.
Diamond anvil cells allow for in situ­­ characterization of materials at high pressures.
Using ultrafast lasers, we can learn more about the physical mechanisms underlying the damage processes in nuclear materials.
Swift heavy ions are used to replicate damage caused by fission fragments and alpha particles in nuclear materials.