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Ion-Irradiation-Induced Damage in Nuclear Materials

Case Study of a-SiO₂ and MgO


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Diana Bachiller Perea
    Pages 1-14
  3. Materials and Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Diana Bachiller Perea
      Pages 17-29
    3. Diana Bachiller Perea
      Pages 47-57
    4. Diana Bachiller Perea
      Pages 59-82
  4. Ion Beam Induced Luminescence in Amorphous Silica

  5. Ion-Irradiation Damage in MgO

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Diana Bachiller Perea
      Pages 129-149
    3. Diana Bachiller Perea
      Pages 151-167
    4. Diana Bachiller Perea
      Pages 169-172
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 173-182

About this book


This thesis investigates the behavior of two candidate materials (a-SiO₂ and MgO) for applications in fusion (e.g., the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)) and Generation IV fission reactors. Both parts of the thesis – the development of the ionoluminescence technique and the study of the ion-irradiation effects  on both materials – are highly relevant for the fields of the ion-beam analysis techniques and irradiation damage in materials. The research presented determines the microstructural changes at different length scales in these materials under ion irradiation. In particular, it studies the effect of the irradiation temperature using several advanced characterization techniques. It also provides much-needed insights into the use of these materials at elevated temperatures. Further, it discusses the development of the ion-beam-induced luminescence technique in different research facilities around the globe, a powerful in situ spectroscopic characterization method that until now was little known.

Thanks to its relevance, rigorosity and quality, this thesis has received two prestigious awards in Spain and France.


Ion Irradiation Nuclear Materials Ionoluminescence IBA Techniques Ion Beam Modification of Materials Ion Beam Analysis Techniques Ion-Beam-Induced Luminescence Amorphous Silica Magnesium Oxide

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Detector GroupSOLEIL SynchrotronSaint-AubinFrance

About the authors

Diana Bachiller Perea studied Physics in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and obtained an Interuniversitary Master's Degree in Nuclear Physics in 2011. Her Thesis was carried out under joint supervision between the Center for Micro-Analysis of Materials (CMAM, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain) and the Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière (CSNSM, Université Paris-Sud, France). At present, she is working in the company Accelerators and Cryogenic Systems (ACS, Orsay, France) as a scientific expert in accelerators.​

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