Atomic diffusion in strain fields near solutes
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Annihilation reactions between mobile self-interstitial defects and complexes of vacancies with111In probe solutes in Au were studied. Measurements were made using the technique of perturbed angular correlations of gamma rays (PAC). Au samples were doped with complexes and plastically deformed at a low temperature to generate fluxes of self-interstitials. Changes in the concentrations of monovacancy (1V) to tetravacancy (4V) complexes induced by annihilation reactions were measured. These are now analysed using a system of coupled first-order equations in order to obtain interstitial annihilation cross sections of the complexes and the fractional amounts of different interstitial clusters in the flux. Relative cross sections obtained for Au are 1.0(1), 3.3(3), 1.2(2) and 7.5(2.5), respectively, for 1V to 4V complexes. The large increase in the cross sections with vacancy number is attributed to a progressive relaxation of the dilatational strain surrounding the oversized In solute as more vacancies are trapped. Also obtained from the analysis are values 0.34(5), 0.66(7), 0.0(1) and 0.0(2), respectively, for the fractions of mobile 1I to 4I clusters in deformed Au, indicating that di-interstitials are produced more readily than mono-interstitials during plastic deformation.
KeywordsAngular Correlation Atomic Diffusion Perturbed Angular Correlation Annihilation Cross Section Probe Solute
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