02. 08. 2007
S.L. Dudarev, P.M. Derlet
The need to perform large-scale molecular dynamics simulations of radiation defects in ferritic steels has stimulated the recent development of a ‘magnetic’ interatomic potential for body-centred cubic a-iron [1,2]. Here we describe the first application of the new method to molecular dynamics modelling of radiation defects. We investigate the magneto-elastic fields of defects and study their thermally activated migration. We propose that the origin of the low-temperature (T 6 120 K) resistivity recovery stages in irradiated a-iron is associated with clustering of self-interstitial atoms.