Damage accumulation and amorphization in samarium titanate pyrochlore

Y. Zhang, V. Shutthanandan, R. Devanathan, S. Thevuthasan, D. E. McCready, J. Young, G. Balakrishnan, D. M. Paul, W. J. Weber

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    Abstract

    Damage accumulation in Sm2Ti2O7 single crystals irradiated with Au2+ ions at 170, 300 and 700 K was studied by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry using a 2.0 MeV He+ beam along the 〈001〉 channeling direction. The relative disorder on the Sm sublattice follows a nonlinear dependence on ion fluence. The nonlinear behavior is described well by a disorder accumulation model that indicates a predominant role of a defect-stimulated amorphization process. The critical dose for amorphization at 300 K is ∼0.14 dpa, which is in good agreement with in situ transmission electron microscopy results for polycrystalline Sm 2Ti2O7 irradiated with 600 keV Bi+ ions and with Gd2Ti2O7 doped with 244Cm. Despite the six orders of magnitude difference in damage rates, the good agreement between the amorphization doses in Sm 2Ti2O7 at 300 K and 244Cm-doped Gd2Ti2O7 at 340 K indicates that damage accumulation at these temperatures is relatively independent of dose rate.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)89-94
    Number of pages6
    JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
    Volume218
    Issue number1-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2004
    EventProceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Radiation - Gramado, Brazil
    Duration: 31 Aug 20035 Sep 2003

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    Keywords

    • Amorphization
    • Damage accumulation
    • Irradiation
    • Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy
    • Samarium titanate pyrochlore

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Instrumentation

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    Zhang, Y., Shutthanandan, V., Devanathan, R., Thevuthasan, S., McCready, D. E., Young, J., Balakrishnan, G., Paul, D. M., & Weber, W. J. (2004). Damage accumulation and amorphization in samarium titanate pyrochlore. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 218(1-4), 89-94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2003.12.003