TITLE

Divacancies and the hydrogenation of Mg-Ti films with short range chemical order

AUTHOR(S)
Leegwater, H.; Schut, H.; Egger, W.; Baldi, A.; Dam, B.; Eijt, S. W. H.
PUB. DATE
March 2010
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;3/22/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 12, p121902
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We obtained evidence for the partial chemical segregation of as-deposited and hydrogenated Mg1-yTiy films (0≤y≤0.30) into nanoscale Ti and Mg domains using positron Doppler-broadening. We exclusively monitor the hydrogenation of Mg domains, owing to the large difference in positron affinity for Mg and Ti. The electron momentum distribution broadens significantly upon transformation to the MgH2 phase over the whole compositional range. This reveals the similarity of the metal-insulator transition for rutile and fluorite MgH2. Positron lifetime studies show the presence of divacancies in the as-deposited and hydrogenated Mg-Ti metal films. In conjunction with the relatively large local lattice relaxations we deduce to be present in fluorite MgH2, these may be responsible for the fast hydrogen sorption kinetics in this MgH2 phase.
ACCESSION #
48837277

 

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