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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Atomistic simulation of track formation by energetic recoils in zircon
Author: Moreira, PAFP
Devanathan, R
Weber, WJ
Abstract: We have performed classical molecular dynamics simulations of fission track formation in zircon. We simulated the passage of a swift heavy ion through crystalline zircon using cylindrical thermal spikes with energy deposition (dE/dx) of 2.5-12.8 keV nm(-1) and a radius of 3 nm. At a low dE/dx of 2.55 keV nm(-1), the structural damage recovered almost completely and a damage track was not produced. At higher values of dE/dx, tracks were observed and the radius of the track increased with increasing dE/dx. Our structural analysis shows amorphization in the core of the track and phase separation into Si-rich regions near the center of the track and Zr-rich regions near the periphery. These simulations establish a threshold dE/dx for fission track formation in zircon that is relevant to thermochronology and nuclear waste immobilization.
Country: Inglaterra
Editor: Iop Publishing Ltd
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/22/39/395008
Date Issue: 2010
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