Molecular dynamics simulation of radiation damage in CaCd6 quasicrystal cubic approximant up to 10 keV

PH Chen and K Avchachov and K Nordlund and K Pussi, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 138, 234505 (2013).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4811183

Due to the peculiar nature of the atomic order in quasicrystals, examining phase transitions in this class of materials is of particular interest. Energetic particle irradiation can provide a way to modify the structure locally in a quasicrystal. To examine irradiation-induced phase transitions in quasicrystals on the atomic scale, we have carried out molecular dynamics simulations of collision cascades in CaCd6 quasicrystal cubic approximant with energies up to 10 keV at 0 and 300 K. The results show that the threshold energies depend surprisingly strongly on the local coordination environments. The energy dependence of stable defect formation exhibits a power-law dependence on cascade energy, and surviving defects are dominated by Cd interstitials and vacancies. Only a modest effect of temperature is observed on defect survival, while irradiation temperature increases lead to a slight increase in the average size of both vacancy clusters and interstitial clusters. (C) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.

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