We report an experimental demonstration of real-time in situ x-ray diffraction investigations of clustering and dynamic strain in early stages of nanoparticle growth in Al-Cu alloys. Simulations involving a simplified model of local strain are well correlated with the x-ray diffraction data, suggesting a redistribution of point defects and the formation of nanoscale clusters in the bulk material. A modal, representative nanoparticle size is determined subsequent to the final stage of artificial aging. Such investigations are imperative for the understanding, and ultimately the control, of nanoparticle nucleation and growth in this technologically important alloy.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)