SAXS study on the morphology of etched and un-etched ion tracks in apatite
1 Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, ACT 2601, Australia
2 Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton, VIC 3168, Australia
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Published online: 6 April 2015
Natural apatite samples were irradiated with 185 MeV Au and 2.3 GeV Bi ions to simulate fission tracks. The resulting track morphology was investigated using synchrotron small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements before and after chemical etching. We present preliminary results from the SAXS measurement showing the etching process is highly anisotropic yielding faceted etch pits with a 6-fold symmetry. The measurements are a first step in gaining new insights into the correlation between etched and unetched fission tracks and the use of SAXS as a tool for studying etched tracks.
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