Structural characterisation of Ni clusters in AlN via X-ray absorption, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy
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Ni ions were implanted in bulk AlN with the goal to form embedded metallic clusters. Combining several characterisation techniques such as X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy, we determined the lattice parameter of the Ni clusters that display a fcc crystalline structure. The average size increases when the ion fluence is increased or after a thermal treatment. Thanks to moiré fringes observed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy and to satellite peaks seen on the diffraction patterns, we concluded that the annealed Ni clusters orientate their (002) planes on the (101) of AlN. Moreover, the satellite positions allowed us to calculate Ni cluster average diameters, that are in agreement with average sizes deduced by X-ray absorption spectroscopy.
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