Pure Be, W and Be:W mixed coatings with nominal compositions of (5:5) and (1:9) were deposited on silicon plates and implanted at room temperature with 30 keV N+ ions with fluences up to 5e17 ions/cm2. Ion beam and X-ray diffraction analysis evidenced the formation of the α-Be3N2 and β-W2N nitrides. The identified tungsten nitride phase evolves from a BCC W lattice to a BCC W(N) solid solution after irradiating at a fluence of 1e17 N+/cm2 and to the compact FCC β-W2N structure at 5e17 N+/cm2. Thermal stability of β-W2N was investigated by annealing the coatings for 1 h up to 1073 K. The results point to the release of non-bonded nitrogen solute in β-W2N over the annealing range and to the thermal stability of the nitride phase up to 1073 K.
- Thermal stability