Enhanced ion irradiation tolerance properties in TiN/MgO nanolayer films Academic Article uri icon


  • Interface mitigation effects on ion irradiation induced damage are explored in TiN/MgO nanolayer thin films with nanolayer thickness varied from 10 nm to 50 nm. After ion irradiation with He ions to a fluence of 4 10 16 cm-2 at 50 keV, no hardness variation is observed in the nanolayer samples based on the nano-indentation measurement, and high resolution TEM indicates no obvious ion damage in the MgO layers in the nanolayered samples. However, single layer MgO film shows a significant hardness increase of 20% and high density point defect clusters (5 nm) are clearly identified. These results suggest that, in this system, nanolayer interfaces could act as effective point defect sinks and be responsible for the enhanced radiation tolerance properties. 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Nuclear Materials

author list (cited authors)

  • Jiao, L., Chen, A., Myers, M. T., General, M. J., Shao, L., Zhang, X., & Wang, H.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Jiao, L||Chen, A||Myers, MT||General, MJ||Shao, L||Zhang, X||Wang, H

publication date

  • March 2013