In situ investigation of MgO nanocube deformation at room temperature

I Issa and J Amodeo and J Rethore and L Joly-Pottuz and C Esnouf and J Morthomas and M Perez and J Chevalier and K Masenelli-Varlot, ACTA MATERIALIA, 86, 295-304 (2015).

DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2014.12.001

The mechanical behavior of < 1 0 0 >-oriented MgO nanocubes is investigated using in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) compression tests at room temperature and molecular dynamics simulations. Experiments show high strength and ductility, in addition to specific deformation mechanisms interpreted by the simulation. The nucleation and the propagation of 1/2 < 1 1 0 >1 1 0 dislocations are at the onset of the plastic deformation. The different deformation processes as well as the possible formation of a dislocation network during compression are discussed. (C) 2014 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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