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Nucleation of Dislocations Accompanying Electric Breakdown in LiF Crystals

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Gilman, J.J. ; General Electric Research Laboratory, Schenectady, New York ; Stauff, D.W.

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``Dislocation Lichtenberg figures'' have been discovered on the surfaces of LiF crystals subjected to high inhomogeneous electric fields. The figures consist of thousands of dislocation loops arranged along [100] dendritic branches which are terminated by [110] branches. Etching is necessary to reveal the figures. It is shown that electric fields can nucleate dislocations in LiF crystals.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:29 ,  Issue: 2 )