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Positron Annihilation Characterization of Fe-Y2O3 Composite Powder After Mechanical Alloying and Heat Treatment

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Fe-1 wt% Y2O3 composite powders were mechanically alloyed for 12 hr and then heat-treated at 1050 °C for 1 hr. Positron annihilation lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening measurements are in qualitative agreement with X-ray diffraction studies, indicating that in the as-mixed Fe-1Y2O3 composite, up to ≈70% of the annihilations occur at vacancy clusters; a small fraction annihilates in its matrix. In the case of mechanically alloyed composite, up to ≈60% of the positrons annihilate at vacancy clusters. Some annihilations also occur in dislocations. In the heat-treated Fe-1Y2O3, positrons primarily annihilate at yttria precipitates, while a small fraction annihilates in the matrix.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2012-02-01

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