Graph Theory Based Approach to Characterize Self Interstitial Defect Morphology [article]

Utkarsh Bhardwaj, Andrea E. Sand, Manoj Warrier
2020 arXiv   pre-print
The defect morphology is an essential aspect of the evolution of crystals' microstructure and its response to stress. Existing methods either only report defect concentration or characterize only some of the defect morphologies. The need for an efficient and comprehensive algorithm to study defects is becoming more evident with the increase in the amount of simulation data and improvements in data-driven algorithms. We present a method to characterize a defect's morphology precisely by reducing
more » ... the problem into graph theoretical concepts of finding connected components and cycles. The algorithm can identify the different homogenous components within a defect cluster having mixed morphology. We apply the method to classify morphologies of over a thousand point defect clusters formed in high energy W collision cascades. We highlight our method's comparative advantage for its completeness, computational speed, and quantitative details.
arXiv:2009.14147v2 fatcat:ncyuh66cmzhpzplyzjxk32wgia