Atomic Diffusion in Metals

  • Jean Philibert
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB)


The purpose of this paper is to show the kind of information that diffusion and mass transport studies are able to bring on defects In metals. It is well known that classical observations like the Kirkendall effect prove that point defects are intervening in the process. More generally every time mass transport is observed (Kirkendall shift in mutual diffusion, electrotransport, diffusion creep, sintering, cavity growth or cavity annihilation,...), diffusion processes are controlled by point defect creation and/or migration. From this simple evidence it is difficult to infer the nature of the defect: vacancy, Interstitial, or some more complex entity... ?


Point Defect Vacancy Concentration Relaxation Curve Impurity Diffusion Quench Temperature 
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  • Jean Philibert
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Métallurgie StructuraleUniversité de Paris-SudOrsayFrance

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