Elementary Mechanisms of Shear-Coupled Grain Boundary Migration

A Rajabzadeh and F Mompiou and M Legros and N Combe, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 110, 265507 (2013).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.265507

A detailed theoretical study of the elementary mechanisms occurring during the shear-coupled grain boundary (GB) migration at low temperature is performed focusing on both the energetic and structural characteristics. The migration of a Sigma 13(320) GB in a copper bicrystal in response to external shear displacements is simulated using a semiempirical potential. The minimum energy path of the shear-coupled GB migration is computed using the nudge elastic band method. The GB migration occurs through the nucleation and motion of GB steps identified as disconnections. Energy barriers for the GB and disconnection migrations are evaluated.

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