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Annealing Kinetics of Single Displacement Cascades in Ni: An Atomic Scale Computer Simulation Study

In order to describe the long term evolution of the defects produced by a displacement cascade, Molecular dynamics (MD) and Kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) methods are employed. Using an empirical Ni interatomic potential in MD, the damage resulting from primary knock-on atom (PKA) energies up to 30 keV has been simulated. The annealing kinetics and the fraction of freely migrating defects (FMD) are determined for each single displacement cascade, by a KMC code which is based on a set of parameters extracted mainly from MD simulations. It allows an atomistic study of the evolution of the initial damage over a time scale up to lOOs and the determination of the fraction of the defects that escape the KMC box, compared to those obtained by MD, as function of temperature and PKA energy. It has been found that this fraction depends strongly on the temperature but reaches a saturation value above stage V.


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