Comparing theoretical predictions of radiation-free velocities of edge dislocations to molecular dynamics simulations

DN Blaschke and T Duong and MJ Demkowicz, PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 108, 224102 (2023).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.108.224102

Transonic defect motion is of interest for high strain-rate plastic deformation as well as for crack propagation. Ever since Eshelby's 1949 prediction J. D. Eshelby, Proc. Phys. Soc. A 62, 307 (1949) in the isotropic limit root of a "radiation-free" transonic velocity vRF = 2cT, where shock waves are absent, there has been speculation about the significance of radiation-free velocities (if they truly exist) for defect mobility. Here, we argue that they do not play any significant role in dislocation dynamics in metals, based on comparing theoretical predictions of radiation-free velocities for transonic edge dislocations with molecular dynamics simulations for two face centered cubic metals: Ag, where theory predicts radiation-free states, and Cu, where it does not.

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