Microstructure change and atomic disordering in MgO · nAl2O3 (n = 1.1) irradiated with 350 MeV Au ions (Se = 35 keV/nm) were investigated through transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high angular resolution electron channeling X-ray spectroscopy (HARECXS) techniques. High resolution TEM revealed that each ion track maintains crystalline structure. The core region of ion track is found to reveal a lattice fringe with a half period of spinel matrix, suggesting the phase transformation from spinel to rock-salt structure. HARECXS analysis clearly showed progress of cation disorder at a significantly large region of ∼10 nm in diameter. These results are compared with the previous results of 200 MeV Xe ion irradiated spinel (Se = 25 keV/nm). The structure of ion tracks is found to consist of three concentric circle structures: the defective core region (∼2 nm in diameter), strained region (∼5 nm) and cation disordered region (10-12 nm).
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms|
|Issue number||1-2 SPEC. ISS.|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics