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Chin. Phys. B, 2017, Vol. 26(10): 106102    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/26/10/106102

Structural modification in swift heavy ion irradiated muscovite mica

Sheng-Xia Zhang(张胜霞)1, Jie Liu(刘杰)1, Jian Zeng(曾健)1, Pei-Pei Hu(胡培培)2, Peng-Fei Zhai(翟鹏飞)1
1. Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS), Lanzhou 730000, China;
2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

Two-layer monoclinic (2M) muscovite mica sheets with a thickness of 12 μm are irradiated with Sn ions at room temperature with electronic energy loss (dE/dx)e of 14.7 keV/nm. The ion fluence is varied between 1×1011 and 1×1013 ions/cm2. Structural transition in irradiated mica is investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD). The main diffraction peaks shift to the high angles, and the inter-planar distance decreases due to swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation. Dehydration takes place in mica during SHI irradiation and mica with one-layer monoclinic (1M) structure is thought to be generated in 2M mica after SHI irradiation. In addition, micro stress and damage cross section in irradiated mica are analyzed according to XRD data. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) is used on the irradiated mica to obtain the detailed information about the latent tracks and structural modifications directly. The latent track in mica presents an amorphous zone surrounded by strain contrast shell, which is associated with the residual stress in irradiated mica.

Keywords:  muscovite mica      swift heavy ion irradiation      latent track      polymorph transition  
Received:  12 June 2017      Revised:  03 July 2017      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  61.82.-d (Radiation effects on specific materials)  
  61.80.-x (Physical radiation effects, radiation damage)  

Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11675233 and 11505243).

Corresponding Authors:  Sheng-Xia Zhang, Sheng-Xia Zhang     E-mail:;

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Sheng-Xia Zhang(张胜霞), Jie Liu(刘杰), Jian Zeng(曾健), Pei-Pei Hu(胡培培), Peng-Fei Zhai(翟鹏飞) Structural modification in swift heavy ion irradiated muscovite mica 2017 Chin. Phys. B 26 106102

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