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Effects of focused-ion-beam irradiation and prestraining on the mechanical properties of FCC Au microparticles on a sapphire substrate

  • Seok-Woo Lee (a1), Dan Mordehai (a2), Eugen Rabkin (a2) and William D. Nix (a3)

We have studied the effects of focused-ion-beam (FIB) irradiation and prestraining on the mechanical properties of nearly defect-free Au microparticles on a sapphire substrate. The Au microparticles, which were produced by a solid-state diffusion dewetting technique, were FIB-irradiated and/or prestrained, the latter using a nanoindenter with a flat ended punch operating under a nanohammering mode. Also, the prestrained Au microparticles were exposed to FIB to examine the effects of ion-beam damage on the properties of crystals containing mobile dislocations. We found that both FIB irradiation and prestraining reduced the yield strength of pristine Au microparticles significantly and made the stress–strain curves jerky. However, FIB irradiation does not affect the mechanical properties of prestrained Au microparticles very significantly. Once a microparticle contains mobile dislocations, its mechanical properties are not influenced much by the defects generated by FIB irradiation, even at the submicrometer scale.

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