Molecular dynamics study of structural and thermodynamic characteristics of nanodroplets of simple fluid

Samsonov, V.; Khashin, V.; Dronnikov, V.
November 2008
Colloid Journal;Nov2008, Vol. 70 Issue 6, p763
Academic Journal
Equilibrium configurations of Lennard-Jones nanodroplets composed of 10–15000 spherically symmetric molecules placed in the center of a spherical container are studied at constant temperature by the molecular dynamics method. The distribution of local density is found and size dependences of density in the center of droplet, first coordination number, and energy surface tension coinciding for equimolecular dividing surface with specific excess free energy of droplet are studied. Radial distribution function is also determined. It is established that the passage of structural characteristics to their macroscopic values is observed for droplets containing as little as about 300 molecules, while, for energy surface tension, analogous passage for energy surface tension occurs for droplets containing 700–6000 molecules.


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