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Radiation effects in cubic zirconia: A model system for ceramic oxides

Abstract : Ceramics are key engineering materials for electronic, space and nuclear industry. Some of them are promising matrices for the immobilization and/or transmutation of radioactive waste. Cubic zirconia is a model system for the study of radiation effects in ceramic oxides. Ion beams are very efficient tools for the simulation of the radiations produced in nuclear reactors or in storage form. In this article, we summarize the work made by combining advanced techniques (RBS/C, XRD, TEM, AFM) to study the structural modifications produced in ion-irradiated cubic zirconia single crystals. Ions with energies in the MeV–GeV range allow exploring the nuclear collision and electronic excitation regimes. At low energy, where ballistic effects dominate, the damage exhibits a peak around the ion projected range; it accumulates with a double-step process by the formation of a dislocation network. At high energy, where electronic excitations are favored, the damage profiles are rather flat up to several micrometers; the damage accumulation is monotonous (one step) and occurs through the creation and overlap of ion tracks. These results may be generalized to many nuclear ceramics.
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L. Thomé, S. Moll, G. Sattonnay, L. Vincent, F. Garrido, et al.. Radiation effects in cubic zirconia: A model system for ceramic oxides. Particle Beam Induced Radiation Effects in Materials, Mar 2008, New Orleans, United States. pp.297-302, ⟨10.1016/j.jnucmat.2009.02.013⟩. ⟨in2p3-00379450⟩



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