Laboratoire de Métallurgie-Physique, Université de Poitiers, B.P. 179, 86960 Futuroscope Cedex, France
CuAl single crystals of a low stacking fault energy have been deformed along the 〈111〉 direction in an apparatus which consists of a compression machine interfaced with an atomic force microscope. The emergence process of dislocations has been in situ studied during deformation. Plasticity occurs in this material by propagation of Shockley dislocations which generate two possible kinds of stacking faults, extrinsic or intrinsic. The fine structure of slip lines has been investigated by atomic force microscopy. A differentiation between these two possible twin mechanisms in this alloy is attempted. It is concluded that twinning in this material can not only be explained by the intrinsic stacking faults and that the contribution of extrinsic faults has to be considered.
(Received March 31 1998)
(Revised September 24 1998)
(Accepted December 1 1998)
(Online publication April 15 1999)