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Determining Burgers vectors and geometrically necessary dislocation densities from atomistic data
We describe a novel analysis method to quantify the Burgers vectors of dislocations in atomistic ensembles and to calculate densities of geometrically necessary and statistically stored dislocations. This is accomplished by combining geometrical methods to determine dislocation cores and the slip vector analysis, which yields the relative slip of the atoms in dislocation cores and indicates the Burgers vectors of the dislocations. To demonstrate its prospects, the method is applied to investigate the density of geometrically necessary dislocations under a spherical nanoindentation. It is seen that this local information about dislocation densities provides useful information to bridge the gap between atomistic methods and continuum descriptions of plasticity, in particular for non-local plasticity.