3He retention and structural evolution in erbium tritides: Phase and aging effects

Zhou, X. S., Zhang, L., Wang, W. D., Liu, Q., Peng, Shuming, Ding, W., Long, X. G., Cheng, G. J., Liang, J. H. and Fu, Yong Qing (2015) 3He retention and structural evolution in erbium tritides: Phase and aging effects. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 461. pp. 157-163. ISSN 0022-3115

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2015.03.012

Abstract

Effects of phase changes on 3He release/retention and crystal lattice evolution during aging of erbium (Er) tritide films were investigated using X-ray diffraction. The contents of α phase and γ phase in the Er tritide films showed significant different effects on 3He release/retention. The initial tritium stoichiometry or excess tritium atoms accommodated in the octahedral sites and the microstructure (i.e., the texture and Er2O3 oxide inclusions) played an important role for the 3He release and the evolution of 3He bubbles in the β phase Er tritide films. In the β + γ region, evolution of 3He in the β phase was apparently influenced by the γ phase, which could result in a strongly anisotropic lattice dilation and an earlier inflection point of the expansion rate of (1 1 1) lattice parameter. A preferred occupation of 3He in basal plane of the hexagonal γ phase and the lattice expansion along the hexagonal direction were identified.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2015 09:21
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21652

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