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Application of positron microprobe for nuclear materials

Maekawa, Masaki; Kawasuso, Atsuo; Hirade, Tetsuya ; Miwa, Yukio

We have developed a positron microbeam using magnetic lenses based on the commercial scanning electron microscope. The minimum beam diameter was 1.9 micron on target. Two-dimensional image of S parameter was successfully obtained. Using this apparatus, S parameter distribution around the crack tip introduced by a stress corrosion cracking of a stainless steel was obtained. S parameter increases at the further region of the tip of the crack. This shows that vacancy type defects may be generated as crack precursor.

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