Point defects in metals: What could be done by thermophysicists

Yaakov Kraftmakher

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Despite significant progress in studies of point defects in metals, no unambiguous conclusion has been drawn about their equilibrium concentrations. The objectives of this study are as follows: to recall recent theoretical and experimental results on equilibrium concentrations of point defects in metals; to report on further observations of the relaxation in specific heat caused by the vacancy equilibration; to present calculations concerning the recently proposed determination of the vacancy-related enthalpy; to summarise the present knowledge on equilibrium point defects in metals and to propose what could be done by thermophysicists to solve the problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-455
Number of pages7
JournalHigh Temperatures - High Pressures
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998


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