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Berlu, L., Rosa, G., Faure, P. et al. Multi-scale modeling of self-irradiation effects in plutonium alloys – Molecular dynamic simulations results. MRS Online Proceedings Library 893, 8930504 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1557/PROC-0893-JJ05-04