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Journal Articles Solid State Ionics Year : 2001

Thermoluminescence and sintering of high-purity alpha-alumina doped by Zr, Th and Ca

Abstract

Two parameters were studied upon the thermoluminescence (TL) properties and the sintering behaviour of a-alumina: the atmosphere during the heat treatment used to transform gamma -Al2O3 into alpha -Al2O3 and the doping by Zr and Th. It appears that a reducing atmosphere tends to delay the sintering compared with the oxidising atmosphere until 1600 degreesC. Above this temperature, the shrinkage starts again, which is attributed to a change in the mechanism of sintering of alpha -Al2O3. The concentration of point defects created through charge compensation as the tetravalent dopant integrates into the host material increases until the solubility's limit of the dopant in alumina is reached. Above this concentration, the peaks on the TL glow curves stabilize, and the specific area of the powders stabilizes at its higher value. As a consequence, the final densities obtained for alpha -Al2O3:Th and alpha -Al2O3:Zr are the best when the solubility's limit of the dopant in alumina is reached.
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emse-00508968 , version 1 (09-08-2010)

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Frédérique Ferey, Philippe Grosseau, Bernard Guilhot, Philibert Iacconi, Mourad Benabdesselam. Thermoluminescence and sintering of high-purity alpha-alumina doped by Zr, Th and Ca. Solid State Ionics, 2001, 141, pp.567-574. ⟨emse-00508968⟩
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