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Title: Evolution of helium bubbles in aluminum during heavy-ion irradiation

Abstract

The evolution of individual He bubbles in thin Al foils during 200-keV Xe irradiation at room-temperature has been followed with [ital in] [ital situ] transmission electron microscopy. He bubbles were produced by room-temperature implantation of 3-keV He ions into prethinned aluminum samples. During subsequent xenon irradiation, several distinct processes were observed to cause individual He bubbles to increase or decrease in size. Bubble growth was observed to take place by radiation-induced coalescence of bubbles without bubble motion. This coalescence was a result of the net displacement of Al atoms out of the volume between bubbles initially in close proximity. The resulting nonequilibrium-shaped bubble evolved towards a more energetically favorable spherical shape whose final size was determined by equilibrium bubble pressure. Bubbles were observed to disappear as the specimen surface was removed by sputtering. Bubbles unaffected by sputtering were observed to decrease in size at an average rate of 0.1 to 0.2 nm/(10[sup 15] Xe/cm[sup 2]) or 0.024 to 0.048 nm/dpa (displacements per atom). This rate of bubble shrinkage can be understood on the basis of direct displacement of He out of the bubble while the bubble remains at equilibrium pressure. He resolution occurred at a rate of 0.005 to 0.01more » (He[sup ejected]/He)/dpa. No examples were found that would indicate complete destruction of a bubble by a single Xe ion. Bubble centers remained fixed during bubble shrinkage indicating negligible bubble motion during room-temperature irradiation.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. Materials Science Department, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)
  2. Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT (United Kingdom)
  3. Laboratoire de Metallurgie Physique, Universite de Poitiers, 40 avenue du Recteur Pineau, 86022 Poitiers Cedex (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7045419
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31-109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review, B: Condensed Matter; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 50:2; Journal ID: ISSN 0163-1829
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ALUMINIUM; ION IMPLANTATION; HELIUM; BUBBLES; AMBIENT TEMPERATURE; FOILS; KEV RANGE 100-1000; SPUTTERING; XENON IONS; CHARGED PARTICLES; ELEMENTS; ENERGY RANGE; FLUIDS; GASES; IONS; KEV RANGE; METALS; NONMETALS; RARE GASES; 360106* - Metals & Alloys- Radiation Effects

Citation Formats

Birtcher, R C, Donnelly, S E, and Templier, C. Evolution of helium bubbles in aluminum during heavy-ion irradiation. United States: N. p., 1994. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.50.764.
Birtcher, R C, Donnelly, S E, & Templier, C. Evolution of helium bubbles in aluminum during heavy-ion irradiation. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.50.764.
Birtcher, R C, Donnelly, S E, and Templier, C. Fri . "Evolution of helium bubbles in aluminum during heavy-ion irradiation". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.50.764.
@article{osti_7045419,
title = {Evolution of helium bubbles in aluminum during heavy-ion irradiation},
author = {Birtcher, R C and Donnelly, S E and Templier, C},
abstractNote = {The evolution of individual He bubbles in thin Al foils during 200-keV Xe irradiation at room-temperature has been followed with [ital in] [ital situ] transmission electron microscopy. He bubbles were produced by room-temperature implantation of 3-keV He ions into prethinned aluminum samples. During subsequent xenon irradiation, several distinct processes were observed to cause individual He bubbles to increase or decrease in size. Bubble growth was observed to take place by radiation-induced coalescence of bubbles without bubble motion. This coalescence was a result of the net displacement of Al atoms out of the volume between bubbles initially in close proximity. The resulting nonequilibrium-shaped bubble evolved towards a more energetically favorable spherical shape whose final size was determined by equilibrium bubble pressure. Bubbles were observed to disappear as the specimen surface was removed by sputtering. Bubbles unaffected by sputtering were observed to decrease in size at an average rate of 0.1 to 0.2 nm/(10[sup 15] Xe/cm[sup 2]) or 0.024 to 0.048 nm/dpa (displacements per atom). This rate of bubble shrinkage can be understood on the basis of direct displacement of He out of the bubble while the bubble remains at equilibrium pressure. He resolution occurred at a rate of 0.005 to 0.01 (He[sup ejected]/He)/dpa. No examples were found that would indicate complete destruction of a bubble by a single Xe ion. Bubble centers remained fixed during bubble shrinkage indicating negligible bubble motion during room-temperature irradiation.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.50.764},
journal = {Physical Review, B: Condensed Matter; (United States)},
issn = {0163-1829},
number = ,
volume = 50:2,
place = {United States},
year = {1994},
month = {7}
}