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Title: Oxygen and nitrogen diffusion in α-hafnium from first principles

We use a combination of density functional theory and multistate diffusion formalism to analyze the diffusion of oxygen and nitrogen in technologically important hafnium metal. Comparing the local density approximation and the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof version of the generalized gradient approximation, we find that a better description of the hafnium lattice in the latter results in the correct sequence of stable and transition states for oxygen interstitials leading to essentially quantitative agreement with experiment. For oxygen diffusion, we find an isotropic temperature-dependent diffusion coefficient of D=0.082e{sup −2.04/k{sub B}T}cm{sup 2}s{sup −1} utilizing interstitial sites with hexahedral and octahedral coordination. For the diffusivity of nitrogen, we find that an additional stable interstitial site, the crowdion site, exists and that the diffusion coefficient is D=0.15e{sup −2.68/k{sub B}T}cm{sup 2}s{sup −1}. Our results also reproduce the experimental observation that nitrogen diffusivity is lower than that of oxygen in hafnium.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Physics, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22300278
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 104; Journal Issue: 21; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; DIFFUSION; HAFNIUM; INTERSTITIALS; NITROGEN; OXYGEN; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE