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Title: New helium bubble growth mode at a symmetric grain-boundary in tungsten: accelerated molecular dynamics study

This work, with an emphasis on helium irradiation rates appropriate for fusion-plasma conditions, advances the understanding of helium evolution at grain boundaries in W, an important consideration in the understanding of W as a plasma-facing component. Using accelerated molecular dynamics, helium bubble nucleation and growth at a symmetric Σ5[100](310) tilt grain-boundary in W is studied. The simulations reveal that the growth mode associated with bubble growth at the grain-boundary leads to a suppression of the helium supply to the bubble and hence to arrested growth. Such an unconventional bubble growth mode may dominate in materials with a high density of sinks.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2166-3831
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; AC05-00OR22725
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Materials Research Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 2166-3831
Taylor and Francis
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) (SC-21); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (SC-24); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; helium bubble; tungsten; grain-boundaries; nucleation and growth; plasma-facing material
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