Swift heavy ion irradiation-induced amorphization of La2Ti2O7

Sulgiye Park*, Maik Lang, Cameron L. Tracy, Jiaming Zhang, Fuxiang Zhang, Christina Trautmann, Patrick Kluth, Matias D. Rodriguez, Rodney C. Ewing

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    Polycrystalline La2Ti2O7 powders have been irradiated with 2.0 GeV 181Ta ions up to a fluence of 1 × 1013 ions/cm2. Radiation-induced structural modifications were analyzed using synchrotron-based X-ray diffraction (XRD), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). An increase in the amorphous fraction as a function of fluence was revealed by XRD and Raman analyses and is evidenced by the reduction in intensity of the sharp Bragg maxima from the crystalline regions. Concurrently, diffraction maxima and vibrational absorption bands broaden with the increasing amorphous fraction. The cross-section for the crystalline-to-amorphous transformation (ion tracks) was determined by quantitative analysis of XRD patterns yielding a track diameter of d = 7.2 ± 0.9 nm. Slightly larger track diameters were obtained directly from TEM images (d = 10.6 ± 0.8 nm) and SAXS analysis (d = 10.6 ± 0.3 nm). High-resolution TEM images revealed that single tracks are entirely amorphous without any outer crystalline, disordered shell as found in pyrochlore oxides of the same stoichiometry. The large ratio of ionic radii of the A- and B-site cations (rA/rB = 1.94) means that disordering over the A- and B-sites is energetically unfavorable.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-149
    Number of pages5
    JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014


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