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Prediction of irradiation spectrum effects in pyrochlores

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posted on 06.03.2015, 16:28 authored by B.P. Uberuaga, C. Jiang, C.R. Stanek, K.E. Sickafus, Chris Scott, Roger SmithRoger Smith
The formation energy of cation antisites in pyrochlores (A2B2O7) has been correlated with the susceptibility to amorphize under irradiation, and thus, density functional theory calculations of antisite energetics can provide insights into the radiation tolerance of pyrochlores. Here, we show that the formation energy of antisite pairs in titanate pyrochlores, as opposed to other families of pyrochlores (B = Zr, Hf, or Sn), exhibits a strong dependence on the separation distance between the antisites. Classical molecular dynamics simulations of collision cascades in Er2Ti2O7 show that the average separation of antisite pairs is a function of the primary knock-on atom energy that creates the collision cascades. Together, these results suggest that the radiation tolerance of titanate pyrochlores may be sensitive to the irradiation conditions and might be controllable via the appropriate selection of ion beam parameters.

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division. Los Alamos National Laboratory is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, for the National Nuclear Security Administration of the (U.S.) Department of Energy under contract DE-AC52- 06NA25396.

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  • Mathematical Sciences

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JOM

Volume

66

Issue

12

Pages

2578 - 2582 (5)

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UBERUAGA, B.P. ... et al, 2014. Prediction of irradiation spectrum effects in pyrochlores. JOM, 66 (12), pp. 2578 - 2582.

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Springer / © The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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2014

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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11837-014-1158-x

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1047-4838

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en

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