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IBA studies of helium mobility in nuclear materials revisited

Abstract : The aim of this paper is to point out and to discuss some features extracted from the study of helium migration in nuclear materials performed during the last fifteen years using ion beam analysis (IBA) measurements. The first part of this paper is devoted to a brief description of the two main IBA methods used, i.e. deuteron induced nuclear reaction for 3He depth profiling and high-energy heavy-ion induced elastic recoil detection analysis for 4He measurement. In the second part, we provide an overview of the different studies carried out on model nuclear waste matrices and model nuclear reactor structure materials in order to illustrate and discuss specific results in terms of key influence parameters in relation with thermal or radiation activated migration of helium. Finally, we show that among the key parameters we have investigated as able to influence the height of the helium migration barrier, the following can be considered as pertinent: the experimental conditions used to introduce helium (implanted ion energy and implantation fluence), the grain size of the matrix, the lattice cell volume, the Young's modulus, the ionicity degree of the chemical bond between the transition metal atom M and the non-metal atom X, and the width of the band gap.
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P. Trocellier, S. Agarwal, S. Miro, S. Vaubaillon, F. Lepretre, et al.. IBA studies of helium mobility in nuclear materials revisited. Journal of Nuclear Materials, Elsevier, 2015, 467, pp.68-81. ⟨10.1016/j.jnucmat.2015.06.042⟩. ⟨cea-02383847⟩



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