INTERSTITIAL DIFFUSION OF COPPER AND SILVER IN LEAD
HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MA DIV OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED PHYSICS
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The diffusivities, D, of copper and silver in high purity lead have been measured by a radioactive tracer technique. The results, in combination with those of Seith and Keil and Ascoli et al., show that the rates of diffusion of the noble metals in lead are several orders of magnitude greater than the self diffusion rate of lead, D sub Pb. We have found that D sub Pb is not measurably affected by the dissolution of either gold, in agreement with Seith and Keil, or of copper. The results indicate that neither the vacancy, interstitialcy nor exchange mechanisms are predominant in the diffusion of these solutes. It is concluded that the noble metals are dissolved in lead at least partially in the interstitial state and that they diffuse almost wholly by an interstitial mechanism.
- Physical Chemistry
- Metallurgy and Metallography