HAXPES measurements were carried out using a Scienta Omicron HAXPES instrument to provide reference spectra for depleted uranium dioxide. High purity uranium dioxide, as confirmed by trace elemental analysis and x-ray diffraction, was synthesized via the integrated dry route from uranium hexafluoride. The material was fixed on double sided carbon tape for the analysis with charge control measures in place. The expanded energy range, using a Ga Kα x-ray source, presents core level photoelectrons not observed in traditional XPS. In addition, a region associated with the x-ray induced Auger transitions MNN is evident at binding energies only achievable with HAXPES. The reference spectra presented here act as the first in a line of proposed investigations into the comparison of XPS and HAXPES from surface to bulk as well as a fundamental understanding of the electronic structure of uranium materials.

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