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Molecular dynamics study of the effect of cooling and heating on the pattern formation and stability of silicon clusters

Authors
Journal
Solid State Communications
0038-1098
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
102
Issue
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0038-1098(97)00094-x
Disciplines
  • Engineering

Abstract

Abstract Molecular dynamics simulations are carried out for silicon clusters to analyze the effect of heating and cooling on their structural properties. The calculations are based on the Kaxiras and Pandey potential which has been derived from a microscopic calculation with the density functional method. Results for the cluster formation are presented for different rates of cooling and heating. Our simulation results clearly show the dependence of the patterns on the cooling and heating rates as well as the way in which these clusters evolve.

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