Development of micro-beam NRA for hydrogen mapping: Observation of fatigue-fractured surface of glassy alloys

D. Sekiba, H. Yonemura, S. Ogura, M. Matsumoto, Y. Kitaoka, Y. Yokoyama, H. Matsuzaki, T. Narusawa, K. Fukutani

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A micro-beam NRA system by means of a resonant nuclear reaction of 1H(15N, αγ)12C has been developed at the beam line in MALT, University of Tokyo. The beam optics was analyzed in terms of the phase diagram. By carefully suppressing the spherical aberration of the final quadrupole magnetic lens, the 15N beam at the energy of 6.4 MeV was focused on targets with a size of 17 μm × 30 μm. For the precise positioning of the sample and beam spot, a combination of the mirror and optical microscope was adopted, so that the hydrogen concentration can be measured at a desirable position of the sample. With this new system, the hydrogen concentrations of fatigue-fractured surfaces of glassy alloys were determined from the viewpoint of the hydrogen embrittlement: Zr 50Cu37Al10Pd3 and Zr 50Cu40Al10. Depth-resolved two-dimensional (2D) mapping of hydrogen concentration was performed in the area of 3 mm × 3 mm with an in-plane resolution of 150 μm. The maps taken at three different depths revealed that the hydrogen concentration is higher in the fatigue-fractured regions in both samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-631
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr 1


  • Heavy ion
  • Hydrogen detection
  • Micro-beam
  • NRA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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