Nuclear fusion is one of the most promising concepts for future energy production, due to the almost endless source of fuel and the lack of greenhouse effects during operation. However, to successfully build a fusion reactor, the development of new materials and knowledge of their behavior are needed. One important structural part of the reactor and the reactor vessel is the wall facing the plasma. The wall will be bombarded by the products of the nuclear reaction, which will erode and degrade its performance. In this work, we study the sputtering of different tungsten surfaces under various conditions, obtaining a deeper understanding of the process using molecular dynamics simulations. Additionally, we present the evolution of W fuzz cells and the effect of surface feature height on the erosion and sputtering of the surfaces under ion irradiation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111876
JournalComputational Materials Science
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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