Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 30, Issue 11, pp 2799–2802 | Cite as

Cathodoluminescence observations of transformation induced toughening in Mg-PSZ

  • C. Leach
  • C. E. Norman


In situ cathodoluminescence (CL) measurements have been carried out using a scanning electron microscope on 9 mol% MgO doped ZrO2 (Mg-PSZ). Light intensity measurements across the fracture surface of a piece fractured in three point bending show a position dependence of the amount of transformation observed, with a maximum occurring in the volume of sample loaded in tension prior to failure. A consistent transformation zone approximately 8 μm wide was seen on either side of a scratch on a polished surface of Mg-PSZ.


Polymer Electron Microscope Scanning Electron Microscope Light Intensity Fracture Surface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Leach
    • 1
  • C. E. Norman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MaterialsImperial College of Science, Technology and MedicineLondonUK
  2. 2.IRC for Semiconductor MaterialsImperial College of Science, Technology and MedicineLondonUK

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