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Use of the point defect model to interpret the iron oxidation kinetics under proton irradiation

Abstract : This article concerns the study of iron corrosion in wet air under mega-electron-volt proton irradiation for different fluxes at room temperature and with a relative humidity fixed to 45%. Oxidized iron sample surfaces are characterized by ion beam analysis (Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and elastic recoil detection analysis), for the elemental analysis. The structural and physicochemical characterization is performed using the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy techniques. We have also measured the iron oxidation kinetics. Radiation enhanced diffusion and transport processes have been evidenced. The modeling of the experimental data shows that the apparent oxygen diffusion coefficient increases whereas the oxygen transport velocity decreases as function of flux. Finally, the point defect model has been used to determine the electric field value in the samples. Results have shown that the transport process can be attributed to the presence of an electrical potential gradient.
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S. Lapuerta, N. Moncoffre, H. Jaffrézic, N. Millard-Pinard, N. Bérerd, et al.. Use of the point defect model to interpret the iron oxidation kinetics under proton irradiation. Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2007, 101, pp.064905. ⟨10.1063/1.2711759⟩. ⟨in2p3-00146971⟩

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