Study of Non Stoichiometric Pure and Zr-Doped Yttria Surfaces by X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy

  • M. Gautier
  • J. P. Duraud
  • F. Jollet
  • N. Thromat
  • Ph. Maire
  • C. Le Gressus
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 173)


Surfaces of oxygen-deficient yttrium oxide, pure or Zr-doped, have been studied by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

The bulk local geometric structure of these non-stoichiometric compounds was previously determined around the Y atom by an EXAFS (Extended X-ray absorption fine structure) study.

The local electronic structure around both Y and 0, at the surface, was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

The partial transfer of the electronic distribution between the anion and the cation was probed using the Auger parameter.

Coupling of these experiments with microscopic observations show that :
  • In the pure oxygen-deficient sample, the concentration of oxygen vacancies appears to be increased at the grain boundaries.

  • The Auger parameter shows upon reduction an evolution of the Y-0 bond towards a more covalent one, this evolution being modulated with the presence of ZrO2.


Oxygen Vacancy Secondary Electron Image Yttrium Oxide Anionic Vacancy Auger Parameter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Gautier
    • 1
  • J. P. Duraud
    • 1
  • F. Jollet
    • 1
  • N. Thromat
    • 1
  • Ph. Maire
    • 1
  • C. Le Gressus
    • 1
  1. 1.IRDI/DESICP/DPC/SPCMCentre d’Etudes Nucléaires de SaclayGif-sur-YvetteFrance

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