Modeling of Radiation Damage in Materials: Best Practices and Future Directions
In this section of the Handbook of Materials Modeling, modern methods to model radiation damage in materials are considered. This introductory chapter puts the topic into context, briefly overviews the multiscale nature of radiation effects, and surveys most important methods used to advance this field of physics. Emphasis is given to advances from the past 10 years, highlighting specific bodies of work, some of which are reviewed in this section, which have advanced both our scientific understanding of and best practices for simulating radiation damage. This section differs somewhat from that of Devanathan and Marian entitled “Nuclear Materials,” in that this section focuses more on modeling techniques for radiation damage as applied to pure materials, not necessarily nuclear materials. However, much can be learned from reading the shared perspectives in both sections, as many similar topics are addressed from different points of view. The more specific chapters in this section are introduced in this overview, with emphasis on predicted directions in the field for the next 10 years.
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