Elementary atomistic mechanism of crystal plasticity

S. G. Psakhie, K. P. Zolnikov, D. S. Kryzhevich

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The simulation of loaded crystal behavior under relaxation is carried out. Typical local structural distortions named protodefects, which give rise to conventional lattice defects, are discovered. The dynamics of atomic displacements that govern protodefect nucleation is studied in detail. A local expansion of atomic volume induces protodefect formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-253
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2007


  • Atomic structure
  • Deformation
  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Structural defects
  • Thermal fluctuations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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