X-ray absorption spectroscopic measurements have been used to compare the electronic structures of swift heavy ions (100 MeV Si ions) irradiated and pristine Ni-Al nanocrystalline films. Results from X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra at Al K-, and Ni L2,3-edges and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) at Ni K-edges are discussed. The observed XRD peaks indicate the improvement of crystalline nature and Al(1 1 1) clustering after the swift heavy ion interactions. While the XANES spectra at Ni L2,3-edges show decrease in the intensity of white line strength, the Al K-edge shows increase in intensity after irradiation. Above results imply that swift heavy ions induce low Z (i.e., Al) ion mass transport, changes in Al sp-Ni-d hybridization, and charge transfer. EXAFS results show that crystalline nature is improved after swift heavy irradiation which is consistent with XRD results.
Spectrochimica Acta - Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 70(2), pp.454-457