Spectra of the liquid cluster surface thermal fluctuations

Zhukhovitskii, D. I.
December 2006
Journal of Chemical Physics;12/21/2006, Vol. 125 Issue 23, p234701
Academic Journal
Classification of cluster particles is proposed that introduces three particle types: the internal particles, surface particles, and virtual chains of particles. Thermal fluctuations of a surface passing through the surface particles of a Lennard-Jones liquid cluster are studied using a molecular dynamics simulation. It is shown that for large clusters, the Fourier spectral amplitude of these fluctuations decays faster than 1/q, where q is the wave number. The frequency Fourier spectrum shows an overdamped system behavior, which is the evidence for the absence of thermal capillary waves for clusters comprising less than 105 particles. The time-averaged cluster density profile is given by an error function with the width parameter diverging as the logarithm of the cluster size.


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