Influences of elastic stress and interfacial kinetic barrier on phase evolution paths of thin-film diffusion couples

Joo Youl Huh, Jong Pa Hong

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An explicit, finite difference scheme was used to examine the effects of coherency stresses and interface kinetic barriers on the phase evolution of a binary, thin-film diffusion couple. Thin-films, initially consisting of alternating layers of two terminal phases, α and γ, were held at a temperature at which the formation of an intermediate phase, β, at α/γ interface was thermodynamically probable. When either the coherency stresses or interface kinetic barriers are present, the interfacial compositions become time-dependent and, thus, the formation of the thermodynamically stable β phase can be kinetically prohibited at the early stage of the evolution. Even if the initial α/γ thin-films have the same overall composition, the coherency constraint can result in different final equilibrium states depending on either the initial compositions of the α and γ phases or the relative magnitudes of the interfacial kinetic barriers. When both the coherency constraint and interfacial kinetic barriers are present, an intermediate phase can repeatedly form and disappear during the evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-412
Number of pages8
JournalSolid State Phenomena
Publication statusPublished - 2006



  • Coherency stresses
  • Interfacial kinetic barrier
  • Numerical simulation
  • Phase evolution path
  • Thin-film diffusion couple

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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