1.07 - Radiation Damage Using Ion Beams

G. S. Was, R. S. Averback

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Energetic ions can be used to understand the effects of neutron irradiation on reactor components while avoiding high residual radioactivity and the problem of finding suitable test reactors. The chapter begins with a summary of the motivation for using ion irradiation for radiation damage studies, followed by a brief review of radiation damage relevant to charged particles. The contribution of ion irradiation to our understanding of radiation damage is presented next, followed by an account of the advantages and disadvantages of the various ion types for conducting radiation damage studies, and wrapping up with a consideration of practical issues in ion irradiation experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComprehensive Nuclear Materials
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-5
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780080560335
ISBN (Print)9780080560274
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Accelerators
  • Alloy stability
  • Damage morphology
  • Dislocation microstructure
  • Electrons
  • Freely migrating defects
  • Heavy ions
  • Ion beams
  • Irradiation hardening
  • Light ions
  • Neutrons
  • Proton irradiation
  • Radiation damage
  • Radiation-induced segregation
  • Swift ions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)


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