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Title: High-energy radiation damage in zirconia: modeling results

Zirconia is viewed as a material of exceptional resistance to amorphization by radiation damage, and consequently proposed as a candidate to immobilize nuclear waste and serve as an inert nuclear fuel matrix. Here, we perform molecular dynamics simulations of radiation damage in zirconia in the range of 0.1-0.5 MeV energies with account of electronic energy losses. We nd that the lack of amorphizability co-exists with a large number of point defects and their clusters. These, importantly, are largely isolated from each other and therefore represent a dilute damage that does not result in the loss of long-range structural coherence and amorphization. We document the nature of these defects in detail, including their sizes, distribution and morphology, and discuss practical implications of using zirconia in intense radiation environments.
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  1. Queen Mary, University of London
  2. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  3. ORNL
  4. Daresbury Laboratory, UK
  5. University of Helsinki
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 8
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Sponsoring Org:
SC USDOE - Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
Zirconia; molecular dynamics; electronic energy loss