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An in Situ Small Angle Neutron Scattering Investigation of Ag0.7Au0.3 Dealloying Under Potential Control

  • Sean G. Corcoran (a1), David G. Wiesler (a2) and Karl Sieradzki (a3)

Abstract

In situ small angle neutron scattering (SANS) was used to characterize the formation of the random 3-dimensional porous structure created during the dealloying of a Ag0.7Au0.3 alloy under potential control. Using a model developed by N.F. Berk (Phys. Rev. Lett., 58 (1987) 2718) for the scattering properties of random porous media, we were able to characterize the average ligament width as a function of time during the dealloying process. We find that the coarsening of the average ligament width is strongly dependent upon the value of the applied potential. Our results represent the first in situ nanoscale characterization of the 3-dimensional formation of porosity in a dealloying system under potential control.

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