Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 30, Number 1, April 2005
|Page(s)||33 - 39|
|Section||Surfaces, Interfaces and Films|
|Published online||28 January 2005|
Structural and mechanical studies of Fe-Cr thin films deposited by ion-beam sputtering
Laboratoire de Métallurgie Physique, UMR 6630 CNRS, Université de
Poitiers, bâtiment SP2MI, Téléport 2, boulevard Marie et Pierre
Curie, BP 30179, 86962 Futuroscope-Chasseneuil Cedex, France
2 Atomic Energy Commission of Syria, PO Box 6091, Damascus, Syria
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Revised: 9 October 2004
Accepted: 21 October 2004
Published online: 28 January 2005
FeCrx thin films on Si and fused-SiO2 substrates were prepared using ion-beam sputtering deposition. Films with x = 0.69 and x = 0.49 were characterised by X-ray diffraction and conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy experiments, and concurrently the elastic and plastic behaviours were investigated through indentation tests. For x = 0.69, the paramagnetic bcc structure is observed, while the indentation modulus and hardness values are found to be 160 and 8.7 GPa, respectively. For x = 0.49, a strongly -textured paramagnetic phase is evidenced, having the A15 structure. Mössbauer measurements also allowed the site occupancy to be determined. The structural change from bcc to A15 phase yields a 50% increase in hardness, while the indentation modulus remains unchanged. This particular behaviour is discussed in terms of distances between near neighbours and Burgers vector length in both bcc and A15 structures. The results obtained here provide motivation to pursue the present study through wear experiments.
PACS: 61.10.-i – X-ray diffraction and scattering / 76.80.+y – Mössbauer effect; other gamma-ray spectroscopy / 68.60.Bs – Mechanical and acoustical properties
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