Probing the effect of radiation damage on the structure of rare-earth phosphates

Mohamed Ruwaid Rafiuddin, Andrew P. Grosvenor

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Synthetic analogues of naturally occurring monazite (REPO4; RE = La to Gd) and xenotime (RE′PO4; RE′ = Tb to Lu and Y) minerals have been identified as potential wasteforms for nuclear waste. High energy ion-implantation of crystalline materials simulates radiation-induced structural damage and allows for the radiation resistance of a crystal structure to be probed. The structural stability of Au- ion-implanted La1-xYbxPO4 materials was investigated using micro-X-ray diffraction (μ-XRD) and glancing angle X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (GA-XANES) in this study. The long- and short-range order of La1-xYbxPO4 (x = 0, 0.3, 0.7, 1.0) is affected by ion-implantation and, thus, the materials are prone to structural damage. The structures of some members of the La1-xYbxPO4 series (x = 0.7 and 1.0) were observed to partially recover after being implanted with Au- ions to a high dose. The structures of all members of the La1-xYbxPO4 series were observed to recover from damage resulting from ion-implantation after annealing the materials at temperatures ≥300 °C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-289
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Early online date4 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 25 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


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