TITLE

Intermediates in the melting transitions of aluminum nanoclusters

AUTHOR(S)
Poland, Douglas
PUB. DATE
February 2007
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;2/7/2007, Vol. 126 Issue 5, p054507
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author uses heat capacity data for aluminum cluster ions, Aln+, obtained in the laboratory of Breaux et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 17340 (2005)] to determine whether or not intermediate species are present in the transition from the solidlike form of the clusters present at low temperatures to the liquidlike form present at high temperatures. He gives a general method on how to test for the presence of such intermediates and how to calculate their probabilities and thermodynamics as a function of temperature. In addition he uses energy distribution functions, using the maximum-entropy method that he developed previously, to substantiate the presence or absence of intermediates. As examples of the method he treats n=53 and n=79 clusters both of which exhibit marked maxima in the temperature dependence of their heat capacity curves, indicating strong order-disorder transitions. He find that in the melting transition n=53 clusters have no intermediates while the melting of n=79 clusters is dominated by intermediate species.
ACCESSION #
23969196

 

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