First-principles modeling of He-clusters in UO2
2009 (English)In: Journal of Nuclear Materials, ISSN 0022-3115, E-ISSN 1873-4820, Vol. 385, no 1, 72-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We have investigated the behavior of He in UO2, Using the projector-augmented-wave (PAW) method and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) based on the density functional theory. Total energy calculations with atomic relaxation included have been performed in a 96-atom large supercell. We have found that He has a strong tendency to form a cluster in vicinity of an octahedral interstitial site (OIS) in the UO2 matrix. In addition, the strain energy produced by a He-cluster was found to be sufficient to create point defects of the host atoms in UO2. Our study suggests that He-clusters and He-induced point defects play an important role for the local mechanical properties Of UO2 (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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2009. Vol. 385, no 1, 72-74 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-129153DOI: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2008.10.036ISI: 000264674600023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-129153DiVA: diva2:337771