Molecular dynamics simulations of oxygen Frenkel pairs in cerium dioxide

Kenichi Shiiyama, Tomokazu Yamamoto, Tatsuro Takahashi, Aurore Guglielmetti, Alain Chartier, Kazuhiro Yasuda, Syo Matsumura, Kazufumi Yasunaga, Constantin Meis

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Abstract

Molecular dynamics simulations of oxygen Frenkel pairs (FPs) in cerium dioxide (CeO2) were carried out in order to understand their kinetic behavior. The results show that an oxygen FP recombine with the vacancy and the interstitial after the vacancy jump preferentially along the 〈1 0 0〉 direction. When multiple oxygen FPs are introduced, the interstitials aggregate into a (1 1 1) plate-like cluster at relatively lower temperature lower than 600 K, while they recombine with vacancies at elevated temperatures higher than 900 K within 10 ps. Molecular mechanics calculations of oxygen FPs on a (1 1 1) plane show that the formation energy per a FP decreases with increase of the number of FPs. The theoretical results are consistent with the transmission electron microscopy observations of formation of 1/9〈1 1 1〉{1 1 1} oxygen interstitial platelets in CeO2 under electron irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2980-2983
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Volume268
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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