2013 Volume 54 Issue 5 Pages 680-685
Kink deformation is one of the possible principal deformation modes of alloys with a long-period stacking ordered structure under compression parallel to the basal plane. In this deformation, dislocation pairs are massively nucleated, and these dislocations align in a line to form kink bands. In this study, we investigated the nucleation of a dislocation pair in a pure magnesium single crystal by molecular dynamics simulations. We also evaluated the activation free energy of nucleation of a dislocation pair and investigated the dependence of the activation free energy on the applied shear stress and temperature.