Oxide nanoceramics combine the enhanced radiation tolerance of nanocrystalline materials with the chemical inertness of oxides, and are promising materials for highly corrosive and intense radiation environments. In this work, nanocrystalline Al 2 O 3 thin films are irradiated at 600 °C with either 12 MeV Au 5+ +18 MeV W 8+ or 4 MeV Ni 2+ ions. The radiation damage exposure exceeds 450 displacements per atom. A comprehensive analysis of the irradiated samples is accomplished by X-Ray Diffractometry (XRD), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Scanning-TEM (STEM). Results are compared in an effort to establish correlations between the irradiation spectrum and the response of this class of materials to radiation environments. The results show that grain growth is the main microstructural change induced by ion irradiation in the material, regardless of the ion utilized in this work. The phase evolution may be depth-dependent, and depends strongly on the ion utilized and on the irradiation spectrum. 12 MeV Au 5+ +18 MeV W 8+ irradiations favor the formation of γ-Al 2 O 3 and α-Al 2 O 3 , while 4 MeV Ni 2+ irradiations yield mainly δ-Al 2 O 3 , accompanied by small α-Al 2 O 3 centers. Molecular dynamics simulations of displacement cascades are used to support discussions on the mass effect brought about by the different ions.

Extreme ion irradiation of oxide nanoceramics: Influence of the irradiation spectrum

García Ferré, F.;Vanazzi, M.;Beghi, M. G.;Di Fonzo, F.
2018

Abstract

Oxide nanoceramics combine the enhanced radiation tolerance of nanocrystalline materials with the chemical inertness of oxides, and are promising materials for highly corrosive and intense radiation environments. In this work, nanocrystalline Al 2 O 3 thin films are irradiated at 600 °C with either 12 MeV Au 5+ +18 MeV W 8+ or 4 MeV Ni 2+ ions. The radiation damage exposure exceeds 450 displacements per atom. A comprehensive analysis of the irradiated samples is accomplished by X-Ray Diffractometry (XRD), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Scanning-TEM (STEM). Results are compared in an effort to establish correlations between the irradiation spectrum and the response of this class of materials to radiation environments. The results show that grain growth is the main microstructural change induced by ion irradiation in the material, regardless of the ion utilized in this work. The phase evolution may be depth-dependent, and depends strongly on the ion utilized and on the irradiation spectrum. 12 MeV Au 5+ +18 MeV W 8+ irradiations favor the formation of γ-Al 2 O 3 and α-Al 2 O 3 , while 4 MeV Ni 2+ irradiations yield mainly δ-Al 2 O 3 , accompanied by small α-Al 2 O 3 centers. Molecular dynamics simulations of displacement cascades are used to support discussions on the mass effect brought about by the different ions.
Alumina; Grain growth; Ion irradiation; Irradiation effects; Oxides; Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials; Ceramics and Composites; Polymers and Plastics; 2506
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