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Title: Binding of He{sub n}V clusters to α-Fe grain boundaries

The objective of this research is to explore the formation/binding energetics and length scales associated with the interaction between He{sub n}V clusters and grain boundaries in bcc α-Fe. In this work, we calculated formation/binding energies for 1–8 He atoms in a monovacancy at all potential grain boundary (GB) sites within 15 Å of the ten grain boundaries selected (122106 simulations total). The present results provide detailed information about the interaction energies and length scales of 1–8 He atoms with grain boundaries for the structures examined. A number of interesting new findings emerge from the present study. First, the Σ3(112) “twin” GB has significantly lower binding energies for all He{sub n}V clusters than all other boundaries in this study. For all grain boundary sites, the effect of the local environment surrounding each site on the He{sub n}V formation and binding energies decreases with an increasing number of He atoms in the He{sub n}V cluster. Based on the calculated dataset, we formulated a model to capture the evolution of the formation and binding energy of He{sub n}V clusters as a function of distance from the GB center, utilizing only constants related to the maximum binding energy and the length scale.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland 21005 (United States)
  2. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington 99352 (United States)
  3. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22303982
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 23; 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; ATOMIC CLUSTERS; ATOMS; BCC LATTICES; BINDING ENERGY; CAPTURE; EVOLUTION; GRAIN BOUNDARIES; HELIUM; HELIUM COMPLEXES; INTERACTIONS; IRON-ALPHA; SIMULATION; VACANCIES