RCo2 (R = Y, Ce and Tm) and RCo3 (R = Y and Ce) intermetallic compounds have been irradiated for the first time by swift heavy-ion beams (U, Pb) of energy 1-5 GeV at GANIL (Caen, France). The compounds YCo2, CeCo3 and YCo3 are found to be partially amorphized after irradiation. The amorphized volume fraction has been determined as a function of the ion beam fluence by x-ray diffraction and magnetic measurements. Results are found to be in agreement. By means of a phenomenological model, associating the phenomena of amorphization and recrystallization, the diameters of the latent tracks are estimated to lie in the range 2-3 nm. In contrast, no amorphization is observed in CeCo2 and TmCo2. The different behaviours observed are well understood, in the framework of the thermal spike model, in terms of the different values of the electron-phonon coupling constant of the irradiated compounds.
Amorphization of rare earth-cobalt intermetallic alloys by swift heavy-ion irradiation / Ghidini, M.; Nozieres, J. P.; Givord, D.; Toulemonde, M.; Gervais, B.. - In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. CONDENSED MATTER. - ISSN 0953-8984. - 8:43(1996), pp. 8191-8206. [10.1088/0953-8984/8/43/015]
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