Auger Spectroscopy of Fracture Surfaces of Ceramics

  • H. L. Marcus
  • J. M. Harris
  • F. J. Szalkowski
Part of the Fracture Mechanics of Ceramics book series (FMOC, volume 1)


Fracture paths in ceramics very often follow distinct interface regions. In fully dense ceramics formed by hot pressing techniques, intergranular fracture is very common. This paper will report on Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) studies of fracture surfaces in a series of ceramic materials including Al2 O3, MgO, and Si3N4 which were formed using different processing techniques. AES on the fractured surface of a lunar sample will also be discussed. SEM fractography will be used to relate the surface chemistry to the failure mode. Combined argon ion sputtering and AES studies demonstrate the local variations in chemistry near the fracture surface.


Fracture Surface Auger Electron Spectroscopy2 Scanning Electron Micro Auger Spectroscopy Incident Beam Energy 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. L. Marcus
    • 1
  • J. M. Harris
    • 1
  • F. J. Szalkowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Science CenterRockwell InternationalThousand OaksUSA

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