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Zero Creep Measurements of the Interfacial Free Energy of Ag/Ni Multilayers

  • D. Josell (a1) and F. Spaepen (a1)


The free energy γAgNi associated with an interface between layers of silver and nickel has been experimentally determined. Creep tests were conducted on multilayer thin films to determine the load at which the length of the film neither shrank nor stretched. The interfacial free energy was obtained from this zero creep load and microstructural data using a specific model for the grain boundary diffusional creep in multilayers.



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