A W-Ne interatomic potential for simulation of neon implantation in tungsten

M Backman and N Juslin and GY Huang and BD Wirth, JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 477, 37-41 (2016).

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2016.05.002

An interatomic pair potential for W-Ne is developed for atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of neon implantation in tungsten. The new potential predicts point defect energies and binding energies of small clusters that are in good agreement with electronic structure calculations. Molecular dynamics simulations of small neon clusters in tungsten show that trap mutation, in which an interstitial neon cluster displaces a tungsten atom from its lattice site, occurs for clusters of three or more neon atoms. However, near a free surface, trap mutation can occur at smaller sizes, including even a single neon interstitial in close proximity to a (100) or (110) surface. (C) 2016 Published by Elsevier B.V.

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