Structural effects in UO2 thin films irradiated with U ions

Aleksej Popel, Anna Maria Adamska, Peter George Martin, Oliver D Payton, G.I. Lampronti, Loren Picco, Liam Payne, Ross Springell, Thomas Bligh Scott, I. Monnet, Ian Farnan

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This work presents the results of a detailed structural characterisation of irradiated and unirradiated single crystal thin films of UO2. Thin films of UO2 were produced by reactive magnetron sputtering onto (001), (110) and (111) single crystal yttria-stabilised zirconia (YSZ) substrates. Half of the samples were irradiated with 110 MeV 238U31+ ions to fluences of 5 × 1010, 5 × 1011 and 5 × 1012 ions/cm2 to induce radiation damage, with the remainder kept for reference measurements. It was observed that as-produced UO2 films adopted the crystallographic orientation of their YSZ substrates. The irradiation fluences used in this study however, were not sufficient to cause any permanent change in the crystalline nature of UO2. Conversely, it has been demonstrated that the effect of epitaxial re-crystallisation of the induced radiation damage can be quantified in terms of kernel average misorientation (KAM). Thus, it has been shown that different crystallographic orientations of UO2 respond differently to ion irradiation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-15
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Early online date24 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

Structured keywords

  • Engineering Mathematics Research Group


  • UO2
  • single crystal
  • ion irradiation
  • thin film
  • nano-structure
  • EBSD


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    Cullen, P., Cox, K., Subhan, M., Picco, L., Payton, O., Buckley, D., Miller, T., Hodge, S., Skipper, N. T., Tileli, V. & Howard, C., Mar 2017, In: Nature Chemistry. 9, 3, p. 244–249 6 p.

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