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Phase Transformations in Pyrochlores Irradiated with Swift Heavy Ions: Influence of Composition and Chemical Bonding

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Gd_2Ti_2O_7 and Gd_2Zr_2O_7 pyrochlores were irradiated with swift heavy ions in order to investigate the effects of the chemical composition on the structural changes induced by high electronic excitation. The XRD results show that the structural modifications induced by irradiation with 93 MeV Xe ions are strongly dependent on the sample composition: Gd_2Ti_2O_7 is readily amorphized, whereas Gd_2Zr_2O_7 is transformed into a radiation-resistant anion-deficient fluorite structure. Atomistic simulations with the second-moment tight-binding QEq model allow us to calculate the lattice properties of both Gd_2Ti_2O_7 and Gd_2Zr_2O_7, and also to quantify the degree of covalency and ionicity in these compounds. These calculations clearly show that Gd_2Ti_2O_7 is more covalent than Gd_2Zr_2O_7, thus confirming that the amorphization resistance can be related to the covalent character of insulators.
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  • Univ. Paris Sud, ICMMO-LEMHE, Bât. 410, F-91405 Orsay, France
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  • CSNSM, CNRS, IN2P3, Université Paris-Sud, Bât. 108, F-91405 Orsay, France
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  • Univ. Paris Sud, ICMMO-LEMHE, Bât. 410, F-91405 Orsay, France
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  • CIMAP, CEA, CNRS, Université de Caen, BP 5133, F-14070 Caen Cedex 5, France
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  • CIMAP, CEA, CNRS, Université de Caen, BP 5133, F-14070 Caen Cedex 5, France
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  • Univ. Paris Sud, ICMMO-LEMHE, Bât. 410, F-91405 Orsay, France
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  • Univ. Paris Sud, ICMMO-LEMHE, Bât. 410, F-91405 Orsay, France
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