Activation volume for nanocrystal growth in amorphous Nd9F85B6

Wei Wu, Defeng Guo, Wei Li, Lanlan Li, Hongyu Sun, Xiangyi Zhang, Xiaohong Li, Baoting Liu

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We have measured the pressure dependence of the growth of α-Fe and Nd2Fe14B nanocrystals in amorphous Nd9Fe85B6 up to 6 GPa at a temperature of 923 K, yielding an activation volume of V=0.760.04 and 0.570.05 for atomic diffusion in the growth process of α-Fe and Nd2Fe14B nanocrystals, respectively, where is the mean atomic volume of the alloy. This demonstrates that the growth of nanocrystals is dependent on atomic diffusion mediated by vacancy-type thermal defects. Atomic processes of the growth of nanocrystals are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number086103
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number8
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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