Radiation effects in metallic materials were investigated using the field ion microscopy technique. Modes of radiation exposure for development of amorphized states in subsurface regions of platinum are determined. It is found that the phenomenon of metal amorphization in the subsurface regions occurs up to a sample depth of 12 nm under an increase in the fluence to 1018 ions/cm2 and the above irradiation energies. The method of field ion microscopy was used to determine the threshold of nanopore formation in ion-implanted platinum. Experimental results on atomic-spatial investigation of radiative defect formation in surface layers of materials, initiated by neutron bombardment (of Pt, E > 0.1 MeV) and ion implantation (in Cu3Au: E = 40 keV, F = 1016 ion/m2, j = 10−3 A/cm2), are considered. Mechanisms of the radiation-induced development of nanostructures in subsurface metal regions have been analyzed based on field ion microscopy data. It is concluded that the modification of near-surface metal regions on a nanometer scale as a result of the interaction with Ar+ ion beams proceeds by several mechanisms.
Part of the book: Hysteresis of Composites