A Synchrotron Radiation Study of Nonlinear Diffusion in Cu-Au Conference Paper uri icon

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  • AbstractAlternate layers of pure copper and gold were vapor deposited on a sodium chloride substrate, the average concentration of the films being Cu-16at% Au and the layering periodicity (modulation wavelength) being 3.31 nm. The composition modulation gives rise to satellite diffraction peaks around the (200) Bragg reflections. Synchrotron radiation at SSRL was able to detect up to third order satellite intensity the evolution of which was measured as a function of annealing time at 515 K. Although the first order satellite intensity decayed as expected exponentially with time, intensities of both second and third order satellites decreased very rapidly at first, then increased before decaying exponentially. These results are in conformity with theoretical models of satellite evolution during annealing in a onedimensional modulated system governed by a nonlinear diffusion equation.


  • Menon, ESK
  • Huang, P
  • Kraitchman, M
  • Hoyt, Jeffrey
  • Chow, P
  • Fontaine, D De

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  • 1990