X-ray diffraction study of the Y2Ti2O7 pyrochlore disordering sequence under irradiation

A Soulie and D Menut and JP Crocombette and A Chartier and N Sellami and G Sattonnay and I Monnet and JL Bechade, JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 480, 314-322 (2016).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2016.08.005

The disordering sequence of Y2Ti2O7 pyrochlore, a nano-oxide phase that strengthens ODS steels under irradiation is studied in the experimental and modeling framework. XRD analysis has been performed considering both swift heavy ion and low energy/low mass ion irradiations. The simulation within molecular dynamics of Frenkel pair accumulation proves able to reproduce the variation of the amorphization fluence with temperature. XRD patterns calculated from the simulations reproduce well the patterns observed experimentally in the literature. Both experiments and calculations point to a first transition from pyrochlore to fluorite before an eventual amorphization. For swift heavy ion irradiations with 93 MeV Xe ions, tracks of direct impact amorphization are visible by HRTEM. Advanced refinement shows that one third of the pyrochlore impacted by an ion transforms into fluorite, while two third are directly amorphized. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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