Anisotropic fast solute diffusion of Au198 in erbium single crystals

M. P. Dariel, L. Kornblit, B. J. Beaudry, K. A. Gschneidner

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The thin-layer sectioning technique was used to determine the solute diffusivities of Au198 in single crystals of erbium. The results indicate a significant anisotropic diffusion behavior with the activation energy Q(parallel to the c axis)=0.660.015 eV, and Q(perpendicular to the c axis)=1.030.04 eV. The results were interpreted in terms of an interstitial solute diffusion mechanism. Values of the migration energies, E1i, m=0.501 eV and E1i, m=0.871 eV, associated with migration parallel and perpendicular to the c axis, respectively, were evaluated using an anisotropic-elastic-continuum model. The analysis of the results allowed to determine the effective radius of the solvent atoms, nearest neighbors of an interstitial Au solute. This calculated value falls close to the value associated with the ionic radius of Er3+ for coordination number 8.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3949-3956
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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