Atom-probe study of the initial stage of selective oxidation of Ni from the Cu-Ni alloy system

K. Hono, T. Iwata, M. Nakamura, H. W. Pickering, I. Kamiya, T. Sakurai

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    The initial oxidation stages of Ni and Ni-Cu alloys have been studied using the atom-probe field ion microscope (AP-FIM). Oxide layers were formed in situ in the FIM chamber on the clean metal surfaces at 1 × 10-4 Torr (10 -2 Pa) O2 at 870, 970 or 1070 K for less than l min. The atom-probe analysis on the {111} and {100} surfaces of these oxidized alloys showed that only NiO formed on all of the alloys for this relatively low oxygen partial pressure, although incipient Cu2O formation could not be ruled out in a few samples of the Cu-rich alloys. The concentration of oxygen in the NiO fluctuated layer-by-layer in the 〈111〉 direction as expected for its NaCl-type structure. Ne field ion images and atom-probe analyses of the oxidized samples revealed a sharp NiO/metal interface for pure Ni and for the Cu-rich alloys, and a diffuse interface extending over a few atomic layers for the Ni-rich alloys. The NiO and Ni were cube/cube oriented.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)132-149
    Number of pages18
    JournalSurface Science
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 1991 Apr 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Materials Chemistry


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