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Chin. Phys. B, 2021, Vol. 30(8): 086108    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/abf7ac
Special Issue: SPECIAL TOPIC — Ion beam modification of materials and applications
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Influence of helium on the evolution of irradiation-induced defects in tungsten: An object kinetic Monte Carlo simulation

Peng-Wei Hou(侯鹏伟)1,2, Yu-Hao Li(李宇浩)1,2,†, Zhong-Zhu Li(李中柱)1,2, Li-Fang Wang(王丽芳)3, Xingyu Gao(高兴誉)3, Hong-Bo Zhou(周洪波)1,2,‡, Haifeng Song(宋海峰)3, and Guang-Hong Lu(吕广宏)1,2
1 Department of Physics, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China;
2 Beijing Key Laboratory of Advanced Nuclear Materials and Physics, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China;
3 Laboratory of Computational Physics, Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, Beijing 100088, China
Abstract  Understanding the evolution of irradiation-induced defects is of critical importance for the performance estimation of nuclear materials under irradiation. Hereby, we systematically investigate the influence of He on the evolution of Frenkel pairs and collision cascades in tungsten (W) via using the object kinetic Monte Carlo (OKMC) method. Our findings suggest that the presence of He has significant effect on the evolution of irradiation-induced defects. On the one hand, the presence of He can facilitate the recombination of vacancies and self-interstitial atoms (SIAs) in W. This can be attributed to the formation of immobile He-SIA complexes, which increases the annihilation probability of vacancies and SIAs. On the other hand, due to the high stability and low mobility of He-vacancy complexes, the growth of large vacancy clusters in W is kinetically suppressed by He addition. Specially, in comparison with the injection of collision cascades and He in sequential way at 1223 K, the average sizes of surviving vacancy clusters in W via simultaneous way are smaller, which is in good agreement with previous experimental observations. These results advocate that the impurity with low concentration has significant effect on the evolution of irradiation-induced defects in materials, and contributes to our understanding of W performance under irradiation.
Keywords:  tungsten      helium      irradiation-induced defects      object kinetic Monte Carlo  
Received:  05 March 2021      Revised:  12 April 2021      Accepted manuscript online:  14 April 2021
PACS:  61.80.-x (Physical radiation effects, radiation damage)  
  61.72.Cc (Kinetics of defect formation and annealing)  
  61.72.-y (Defects and impurities in crystals; microstructure)  
Fund: Project supported by the Science Challenge Project (Grant No. TZ2018002), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11905135), and the National MCF Energy R&D Program of China (Grant No. 2018YFE0308103).
Corresponding Authors:  Yu-Hao Li, Hong-Bo Zhou     E-mail:;

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Peng-Wei Hou(侯鹏伟), Yu-Hao Li(李宇浩), Zhong-Zhu Li(李中柱), Li-Fang Wang(王丽芳), Xingyu Gao(高兴誉), Hong-Bo Zhou(周洪波), Haifeng Song(宋海峰), and Guang-Hong Lu(吕广宏) Influence of helium on the evolution of irradiation-induced defects in tungsten: An object kinetic Monte Carlo simulation 2021 Chin. Phys. B 30 086108

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