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Direct measurement of nanoscale lithium diffusion in solid battery materials using radioactive tracer of $$^{8}$$Li

Ishiyama, Hironobu*; Jeong, S.-C.*; Watanabe, Yutaka*; Hirayama, Yoshikazu*; Imai, Nobuaki*; Jung, H. S.*; Miyatake, Hiroari*; Oyaizu, Mitsuhiro*; Osa, Akihiko; Otokawa, Yoshinori; Matsuda, Makoto; Nishio, Katsuhisa; Makii, Hiroyuki; Sato, Tetsuya; Kuwata, Naoaki*; Kawamura, Junichi*; Ueno, Hideki*; Kim, Y. H.*; Kimura, Sota*; Mukai, Momo*

We have developed an in situ and nanoscale Li diffusion measurement method in Li battery materials using an $$alpha$$-emitting radioactive $$^{8}$$Li tracer. In this method, while implanting a low-energy (8 keV) $$^{8}$$Li beam, the $$alpha$$ particles emitted at a small angle (10$$^{circ}$$) relative to the sample surface were detected as a function of time. Measurement for Li diffusion coefficients in a spinel phase LiMn$$_4$$O$$_4$$ (LMO) thin film has been started, which is used as an electrode in a Li ion secondary battery. An obvious Li diffusion effect in LMO was observed at the sample temperature of 623 K, and the further measurement is underway.

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