TOLLEY Alfredo Juan
Swift heavy ion irradiation of CuZnAl and CuAlNi alloys.
E. ZELAYA; A. TOLLEY; A. CONDO; G. SCHUMACHER
JOURNAL OF PHYSICS CONDENSED MATTER
Intitute of Physics
Año: 2009 vol. 21 p. 1850091 - 1850091
The effects produced by swift heavy ions in the martensitic (18R) and austenitic phase (β) ofCu based shape memory alloys were characterized. Single crystal samples with a surfacenormal close to 18R and β were irradiated with 200 MeV of Kr15+, 230 MeV ofXe15+, 350 and 600 MeV of Au26+ and Au29+. Changes in the microstructure were studied with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). It was found that swift heavy ion irradiation induced nanometer sized defects in the 18R martensitic phase. In contrast, a hexagonal close-packed phase formed on the irradiated surface of β phase samples. HRTEM images of the nanometer sized defects observed in the 18R martensitic phase were compared with computer simulated images in order to interpret the origin of the observed contrast. The best agreement was obtained when the defects were assumed to consist of local composition modulations.