Experimental investigation of helium migration in an fcc aluminum matrix

Benny Glam, Daniel Moreno, Shalom Eliezer, Dan Eliezer

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Experimental investigation of helium migration in an fcc aluminum is reported. A pure aluminum with 0.15 wt% of 10B was neutron-irradiated to obtain (1.2 ± 0.2) × 1024 m-3 helium atoms in the metal according to the reaction 10B + n → 7Li + 4He. The post-irradiated metal was observed in situ in TEM while the sample was heated to 470 °C with a hot stage holder. A helium-rich area was found in the vicinity of nanometric 10B segregates that were not solute in the aluminum. The helium-rich area was characterized as a polygonal faceted region. According to EELS measurements, this area is saturated with NHe = (3 ± 1) × 1028 m-3 helium atoms, which are (30-65)% of the atoms in the observed area. It was found that the helium-rich area expands due to helium migration. Electron beam diffraction revealed that the preferred orientation of the helium atoms' migration is normal to plane (0 over(2, -) 2). The results are consistent with models for helium atoms migration between interstitial sites for an fcc metal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-234
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • General Materials Science
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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