Atomic structures of oxygen-associated defects in sintered aluminum nitride ceramics

Yanfa Yan, S. J. Pennycook, Masami Terauchi, M. Tanaka

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    Convergent-beam electron diffraction and Z-contrast imaging are used to study oxygen-associated defects, flat inversion domain boundaries, dislocations, and interfaces in sintered AlN ceramics. The structures of these defects are directly derived from atomic-resolution Z-contrast images. The flat inversion domain boundaries contain a single Al-O octahedral layer and have a stacking sequence of . . .bAaB-bAc-CaAc. ., where -cAb- indicates the single octahedral layer. The expansion at the flat inversion domain boundaries is measured to be 0.06 (±0.02) nm. The interfaces between 2H- and polytypoid-AlN are found to be also inversion domain boundaries but their stacking sequence differs from that of the flat inversion domain boundaries.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)352-357
    Number of pages6
    JournalMicroscopy and Microanalysis
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan 1


    • Aluminum nitride
    • Convergent-beam electron diffraction
    • Inversion domain boundary
    • Z-contrast

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Instrumentation


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