He ion irradiation damage in Al∕Nb multilayers Academic Article uri icon


  • We investigate the evolution of microstructure and mechanical properties of sputter-deposited Al/Nb multilayers with miscible fcc/bcc type interface and individual layer thickness, h, of 1-200 nm, subjected to helium ion irradiations: 100 keV He+ ions and a fluence of 6× 10 16/cm2. Helium bubbles, 1-2 nm in diameter, are observed. When h is greater than 25 nm, hardnesses of irradiated multilayers barely change, whereas radiation hardening is more significant at smaller h. Transmission electron microscopy and scanning transmission electron microscopy studies reveal the formation of a thin layer of Nb3 Al intermetallic phase along the Al/Nb interface as a consequence of radiation induced intermixing. The dependence of radiation hardening on h is interpreted by using a composite model considering the formation of the hard Nb3 Al intermetallic layer. © 2009 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, N., Martin, M. S., Anderoglu, O., Misra, A., Shao, L., Wang, H., & Zhang, X.

citation count

  • 61

publication date

  • June 2009