MD study of energetics, melting and isomerization of aluminum microclusters


BÖYÜKATA M. , Guvenc Z. B.

BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, vol.36, no.3A, pp.720-724, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 3A
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Title of Journal : BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.720-724
  • Keywords: aluminum, cluster, molecular dynamics, MOLECULAR-DYNAMICS, CLUSTERS, POTENTIALS, SURFACES, BINDING, METALS

Abstract

Voter and Chen version of an Embedded Atom Model has been applied to study the locally stable structures, energies, melting, isomerization and growth patterns of small aluminum clusters, Al(n), in the size range of n = 2 - 13. Using molecular dynamics and thermal quenching simulations, the global minima and the other locally stable structures have been distinguished from those stationary structures that correspond to saddle points of the potential energy surface. A large number (10000) of independent initial configurations generated at high temperatures has been used to obtain the stable isomers, and the probabilities of sampling different basins of attractions, for each size of the clusters. Their energy spectra have been determined and melting, and isomerization dynamics are investigated.