Positron annihilation study of free volume in electron irradiated Zr 50Cu40Al10 bulk glassy alloy: Effects of thermal relaxation before irradiation

N. Onodera, A. Ishii, A. Iwase, Y. Yokoyama, K. Sato, Q. Xu, T. Yoshiie, F. Hori

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Change in free volume reflects various properties such as hardness and ductility of glassy alloys. The electron- and ion- irradiations affect the free volume of ZrCuAl bulk glassy alloys that is associated with the mechanical properties. In this study, as-quenched Zr50Cu40Al 10 bulk glassy alloys and structural relaxed one by annealing for 5 hours at 673K below glass transition temperature (Tg) were irradiated by 8 MeV electrons with a maximum fluence of about 2×1018 e-/cm2 at room temperature. The behaviour of free volume in these samples was investigated by positron annihilation techniques. X-ray diffraction measurements showed that no crystallization occurred after the irradiation. We observed the positron lifetime increased by the irradiation for both as-quenched and structural relaxed samples. The increases in positron lifetime at 2×1018 e-/cm2 were 9 psec for as-quenched and 12 psec for relaxed sample, respectively. In addition, the increase in positron lifetime with irradiation fluence was clearly different for the two types of sample. These facts imply that the thermal relaxation before irradiation of Zr50Cu40Al10 bulk glassy alloy influences the radiation effects, especially the free volume change.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012022
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event16th International Conference on Positron Annihilation, ICPA 2012 - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 2012 Aug 192012 Aug 24

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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