Single crystalline Fe-20%Cr film was prepared using a molecular beam epitaxy technique, and 2.4 MeV Cu2+ ion-irradiation was subsequently carried out at room temperature and at 748 K. Magnetic hysteresis measurement and magnetic domain observation showed that room-temperature irradiation did not have a large effect on the magnetic properties of Fe-20%Cr films. However, irradiation at 748 K caused a significant magnetic hardening and a drastic change in domain structures. It is assumed that the domain characteristics reflect the formation of chromium-rich precipitates due to the phase separation accelerated by irradiation. This study demonstrates the feasibility of nondestructive magnetic techniques for evaluating the materials degradation of Fe-Cr alloys under the irradiation environment.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Materials Science(all)
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering