Lattice Images of Solid Xenon Precipitates in Aluminum at Room Temperature

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Science  13 Dec 1985:
Vol. 230, Issue 4731, pp. 1272-1273
DOI: 10.1126/science.230.4731.1272


Small solid precipitates (bubbles) of xenon in an aluminum matrix have been formed by ion implantation. Lattice images of this room-temperature inert gas solid were obtained using high-resolution phase-contrast electron microscopy. Many bubbles showed a high degree of crystalline perfection, but regions of defective crystallinity were observed in several cases.