3He retention and structural evolution in erbium tritides: Phase and aging effects

X. S. Zhou, L. Zhang, W. D. Wang, Q. Liu, Shuming Peng, W. Ding, X. G. Long, G. J. Cheng, J. H. Liang, Yong Qing Fu

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Effects of phase changes on 3He release/retention and crystal lattice evolution during aging of erbium (Er) tritide films were investigated using X-ray diffraction. The contents of α phase and γ phase in the Er tritide films showed significant different effects on 3He release/retention. The initial tritium stoichiometry or excess tritium atoms accommodated in the octahedral sites and the microstructure (i.e., the texture and Er2O3 oxide inclusions) played an important role for the 3He release and the evolution of 3He bubbles in the β phase Er tritide films. In the β + γ region, evolution of 3He in the β phase was apparently influenced by the γ phase, which could result in a strongly anisotropic lattice dilation and an earlier inflection point of the expansion rate of (1 1 1) lattice parameter. A preferred occupation of 3He in basal plane of the hexagonal γ phase and the lattice expansion along the hexagonal direction were identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-163
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Early online date12 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


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