IAM - Ceramic Materials and Technologies

Interfacial structure in silicon nitride sintered with lanthanide oxide

  • Author:

    Dwyer, C; Ziegler, A; Shibata, N; Winkelmann, GB; Satet, RL; Hoffmann, MJ; Cinibulk, MK; Becher, PF; Painter, S; Browning, ND; Cockayne, DJH; Ritchie, RO; Pennycook, SJ

  • Source:

    JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 2006, Band 41, Heft 14, S. 4405-4412


Three independent research groups present a comparison of their structural analyses of prismatic interfaces in silicon nitride densified with the aid of lanthanide oxide Ln(2)O(3). All three groups obtained scanning transmission electron microscope images which clearly reveal the presence of well-defined Ln segregation sites at the interfaces, and, moreover, reveal that these segregation sites are element-specific. While some results differ across the three research groups, the vast majority exhibits good reproducibility.