Calculated electronic and magnetic structure of screw dislocations in alpha iron

K Odbadrakh and A Rusanu and GM Stocks and GD Samolyuk and M Eisenbach and Y Wang and DM Nicholson, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 109, 07E159 (2011).

DOI: 10.1063/1.3562217

Local atomic magnetic moments in crystalline Fe are perturbed by the presence of dislocations. The effects are most pronounced near the dislocation core and decay slowly as the strain field of the dislocation decreases with distance. We have calculated local moments using the locally self-consistent multiple scattering (LSMS) method for a supercell containing a screw-dislocation quadrupole. Finite size effects are found to be significant indicating that dislocation cores affect the electronic structure and magnetic moments of neighboring dislocations. The influence of neighboring dislocations points to a need to study individual dislocations from first principles just as they appear amid surrounding atoms in large-scale classical force field simulations. An approach for the use of the LSMS to calculate local moments in subvolumes of large atomic configurations generated in the course of classical molecular dynamics simulation of dislocation dynamics is discussed. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. doi:10.1063/1.3562217

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