Correlations between ion and neutron irradiations: Defect production and stage I recovery

Robert S Averback, R. Benedek, K. L. Merkle

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A comparison is made between results of recent neutron- and ion-irradiation experiments on metals. Specifically, lowtemperature defect production and stage-I annealing are discussed. Defect production efficiencies observed for neutron irradiations are shown to be consistent with results for ion irradiations. A phenomenological model describing both defect production and stage-I annealing in terms of thermal-spike induced recombinations is introduced. The stage-I recovery fraction for ion and neutron irradiations is found to correlate with cascade-energy density as represented by an appropriate nuclear stopping power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-166
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1978
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)

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