Structural effects in UO2 thin films irradiated with U ions

Popel, A. J. and Adamska, A.M. and Martin, P.G. and Payton, O.D. and Lampronti, G. I. and Picco, L. and Payne, L. and Springell, R. and Scott, T.B. and Monnet, I. and Grygiel, C. and Farnan, I. (2016) Structural effects in UO2 thin films irradiated with U ions. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 386. pp. 8-15. ISSN 0168583X DOI 10.1016/j.nimb.2016.09.019

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Abstract

This work presents the results of a detailed structural characterisation of irradiated and unirradiated single crystal thin films of UO2. Thin films of UO2 were produced by reactive magnetron sputtering onto (0 0 1), (1 1 0) and (1 1 1) single crystal yttria-stabilised zirconia (YSZ) substrates. Half of the samples were irradiated with 110 MeV 238U31+ ions to fluences of 5 × 1010, 5 × 1011 and 5 × 1012 ions/cm2 to induce radiation damage, with the remainder kept for reference measurements. It was observed that as-produced UO2 films adopted the crystallographic orientation of their YSZ substrates. The irradiation fluences used in this study however, were not sufficient to cause any permanent change in the crystalline nature of UO2. It has been demonstrated that the effect of epitaxial re-crystallisation of the induced radiation damage can be quantified in terms of kernel average misorientation (KAM) and different crystallographic orientations of UO2 respond differently to ion irradiation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2016AREP; IA71
Subjects: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Divisions: 03 - Mineral Sciences
07 - Gold Open Access
Journal or Publication Title: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Volume: 386
Page Range: pp. 8-15
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.nimb.2016.09.019
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2017 21:01
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 21:01
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/3923

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