Plastic Deformation of Single Metallic Crystals


NATURE has published two letters from Mr. S. J. Wright and Dr. Goucher respectively (June 26 and July 31) in reply to ours of May 22 on the wedge formed when a single crystal of a metal is broken in tension. We desire in reply to stress most strongly the fact that our analysis of such a wedge is concerned with the final position of an atom after movement and has no reference to the path or the mechanism by which it arrived there. This concerns directly both of the communications.

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MILLINGTON, W., THOMPSON, F. Plastic Deformation of Single Metallic Crystals. Nature 118, 409–410 (1926).

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