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Ion Beam Mixing In Binary Amorphous Metallic Alloys*

  • Horst Hahn (a1), R. S. Averback (a1), T. Diaz De La Rubia (a2) and P. R. Okamoto (a1)


Ion beam mixing (IM) was measured in homogeneous amorphous metallic alloys of Cu-Er and Ni-Ti as a function of temperature using tracer impurities, i.e., the so called “marker geometry”. In Cu-Er, a strong temperature dependence in IM was observed between 80 K and 373 K, indicating that radiation-enhanced diffusion mechanisms are operative in this metallic glass. Phase separation of the Cu-Er alloy was also observed under irradiation as Er segregated to the vacuum and SiO2 interfaces of the specimen. At low-temperatures, the amount of mixing in amorphous Ni-Ti is similar to that in pure Ni or Ti, but it is much greater in Cu-Er than in either Cu or Er.



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Work supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, BES-Materials Sciences, under Contract W-31-109-Eng-38.



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