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Damage processes in MgO irradiated with medium-energy heavy ions

Abstract : The micro-structural modifications produced in MgO single crystals exposed to medium-energy heavy ions (1.2-MeV Au) were investigated using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry in channeling geometry coupled to Monte-Carlo analyses, secondary ion mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The damage accumulation and the elastic strain variation were interpreted in the framework of the multi-step damage accumulation (MSDA) model. Both build-ups follow a multi-step process similar to that recently observed for ion-irradiated yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) single crystals. However, in MgO, an unexpectedly high disorder level occurs far beyond the theoretical damage distribution. These results strongly suggest that the migration of defects created in the near-surface layer is most likely at the origin of the broadening of the damage depth distribution in MgO.
Keywords : medium-energy
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S. Moll, Y. Zhang, A. Debelle, L. Thomé, J.P. Crocombette, et al.. Damage processes in MgO irradiated with medium-energy heavy ions. Acta Materialia, 2015, 88, pp.314-322. ⟨10.1016/j.actamat.2015.01.011⟩. ⟨cea-02385790⟩



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