(Received 21 April 2004; accepted 13 April 2005)
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A systematic study of damage in high-energy cascades in Zr with primary knock-on-atom (PKA) energy up to 25 keV has been carried out by molecular dynamics (MD) over a temperature range from 100–600 K. The high number of simulations for each condition of temperature and energy has revealed the wide variety of defect clusters that can be created in cascades. Mobile or sessile, two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) clusters of both vacancy and interstitial type can be formed. The population statistics of clusters of each type and the fraction of vacancies and self-interstitial atoms (SIA) in clusters, were obtained, and their dependence on the temperature and PKA energy were investigated. Both vacancy and SIA clusters can be mobile. However, depending on their type, self-interstitial clusters exhibit one-dimensional, planar, or three-dimensional motions, whereas vacancy clusters of only one type can glide in one dimension only. We have also performed separate MD simulations of some SIA and vacancy clusters to study their thermal stability and possible transformations.
Research Assistant, Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Institute, Giles' Oxford,
Staff Scientist, Computer Sciences and Mathematics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
Professor, The University of Liverpool, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool,
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