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Title: In-situ TEM observation of dislocation evolution in Kr-irradiated UO2 single crystal

In-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation of UO2 single crystal irradiated with Kr ions at high temperatures was conducted to understand the dislocation evolution due to high-energy radiation. The dislocation evolution in UO2 single crystal is shown to occur as nucleation and growth of dislocation loops at low-irradiation doses, followed by transformation to extended dislocation segments and networks at high doses, as well as shrinkage and annihilation of some loops and dislocations due to high temperature annealing. Generally the trends of dislocation evolution in UO2 are similar under Kr irradiation at different ion energies and temperatures (150 keV at 600 degrees C and 1 MeV at 800 degrees C) used in this work, although the specific dislocation loop size and density are quite different. Interstitial-type dislocation loops with Burgers vector along <110> were observed in the Kr-irradiated UO2.The irradiated specimens were denuded of dislocation loops near the surface.
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Journal Name: Journal of Nuclear Materials; Journal Volume: 443; Journal Issue: 1 - 3
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Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
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United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE Experimental investigation of dislocation evolutio; Radiation effects in UO2