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Crystals 2018, 8(2), 67; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst8020067

A Study of Extended Defects in Surface Damaged Crystals

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IMEM Institute, National Research Council, 43124 Parma, Italy
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National Institute of Materials Physics, 077125 Magurele, Romania
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Received: 7 November 2017 / Revised: 9 January 2018 / Accepted: 24 January 2018 / Published: 30 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Crystal Indentation Hardness)
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Abstract

We have analyzed by transmission electron microscopy silicon and GaAs crystals polished with sandpapers of different grain size. The surface damage induced a crystal permanent convex curvature with a radius of the order of a few meters. The curvature is due to a compressive strain generated in the damaged zone of the sample. Contrary to what was reported in the literature, the only defects detected by transmission electron microscopy were dislocations penetrating a few microns from the surface. Assuming the surface damage as a kind of continuous indentation, a simple model able to explain the observed compressive strain is given. View Full-Text
Keywords: curved crystals; surface damaged crystals; dislocation generation; crystal indentation curved crystals; surface damaged crystals; dislocation generation; crystal indentation
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