Phase separation and dynamic patterning in Cu1-xCox films under ion irradiation

P. Krasnochtchekov, Robert S Averback, Pascal Bellon

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Phase separation behavior in thin Cu1-xCox films under irradiation (1.8MeV Kr+ ions) at different temperatures has been systematically studied for 0.10≤x≤0.20. The development of phase separation in irradiated films (estimates of the average size of Co precipitates and concentration of Co in solution) was monitored using magnetic measurements. Analysis of magnetization data in the framework of superparamagnetic theory has shown that at irradiation temperatures T≤330°C, phase separation in Cu-Co films of all compositions stabilizes at high doses (1×1016cm-2), indicating the existence of temperature-dependent dynamic steady states. At temperatures higher than 350°C, indications of thermodynamic-like coarsening are observed. Below 300K FC/ZFC (field-cooled/zero-field cooled) measurements clearly show the randomizing effect of irradiation. The observed phase separation behavior of Cu-Co system under irradiation agrees qualitatively well with kinetic Monte Carlo simulations performed in this work and with theoretical predictions of phase evolution in irradiated immiscible alloys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number174102
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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