He ion irradiation damage in Fe/W nanolayer films Academic Article uri icon


  • We report on the evolution of microstructure and mechanical properties of Fe/W multilayers subjected to helium ion irradiations. Sputtered Fe/W multilayers with individual layer thickness, varying from 1 to 200 nm, were subjected to He+ ion irradiation with a peak displacement per atom value of 6 at ambient temperatures. Helium bubbles, 1-2 nm in diameter, were observed in Fe and W, and more so along layer interfaces. The magnitude of hardness variation after radiation depends on the individual layer thickness. Radiation hardening is observed in specimens with individual layer thickness of 5 nm. At smaller layer thickness, the hardness barely changes. Analysis indicates that radiation hardening may originate mainly from dislocation loops and partially from He bubbles. 2009 Elsevier B.V.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Li, N., Fu, E. G., Wang, H., Carter, J. J., Shao, L., Maloy, S. A., Misra, A., & Zhang, X.

citation count

  • 154

complete list of authors

  • Li, Nan||Fu, EG||Wang, H||Carter, JJ||Shao, L||Maloy, SA||Misra, A||Zhang, X

publication date

  • May 2009