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Molecular dynamics and integral equation study of the structure and thermodynamics of polyvalent liquid metals

Authors
Journal
Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
0022-3093
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
353
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2007.05.099
Keywords
  • 61.20.P
  • −61.25.Mv
  • Liquid Metals
  • Modeling And Simulation
  • Structure
  • Thermodynamics
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Physics

Abstract

Abstract We report a study of structural and thermodynamic properties of liquid aluminium, thallium, and lead by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations as well as integral equation (IE) theory. As an input, we consider an effective pair potential constructed within the framework of the second-order pseudopotential perturbation theory using a model potential initially designed for the solid state. Comparing our MD results of thermodynamic melting temperature and static structure with experimental data, we show that the pseudopotential used is transferable to the liquid state near the melting point for Tl and Pb, and to a lesser extent for Al. From a theoretical point of view, we find that an IE method of the hypernetted-chain-type gives reasonable results for the structure factor and isothermal compressibility for these elements whose interactions have a marked ionic character.

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