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Dr Steven P Fitzgerald

UAF in Applied Mathematics
Applied Mathematics

Contact details

Room: 9.320
Tel: +44 (0)113 3434331
Email: s.p.fitzgerald @


Crystal defects
Stochastic differential equations

Research interests

My research interests lie in the structure and dynamics of crystal defects, the mathematics and physics used to model them, and their effects on the properties of the materials that contain them.

Even everyday materials such as steel lack a full quantitative understanding, and my work involves developing mathematical models and computer simulations aiming to provide this. I focus on bridging the gap in scales between the atomic (where accurate computer simulations can be performed, but require so much computer power that only a few cubic nanometres can be simulated for a few nanoseconds) and the engineering design scale relevant for technological applications.

Useful links

Google Scholar profile


Fu BQ, Fitzgerald SP, Hou Q, Wang J, Li M Effect of collision cascades on dislocations in tungsten: A molecular dynamics study Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 393, 169-173, 2017
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Fitzgerald SP Kink pair production and dislocation motion Scientific Reports, 6, 2016
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Parviainen S, Djurabekova F, Fitzgerald SP, Ruzibaev A, Nordlund K Atomistic simulations of field assisted evaporation in atom probe tomography Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 49, 045302-045302, 2016

Fitzgerald SP Crowdion–solute interactions: Analytical modelling and stochastic simulation Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 352, 14-17, 2015

Ferroni F, Yi X, Arakawa K, Fitzgerald SP, Edmondson PD, Roberts SG High temperature annealing of ion irradiated tungsten Acta Materialia, 90, 380-393, 2015

Ferroni F, Tarleton E, Fitzgerald S GPU accelerated dislocation dynamics Journal of Computational Physics, 272, 619-628, 2014

Speller SC, Dudin P, Fitzgerald S, Hughes GM, Kruska K, Britton TB, Krzton-Maziopa A, Pomjakushina E, Conder K, Barinov A, Grovenor CRM High-resolution characterization of microstructural evolution in crystals on annealing Physical Review B, 90, 2014

Ferroni F, Tarleton E, Fitzgerald S Dislocation dynamics modelling of radiation damage in thin films Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 22, 045009-045009, 2014