Theoretical studies of the energetics and structures of atomic clusters

Xie, J.; Northby, J. A.; Freeman, David L.; Doll, J. D.
July 1989
Journal of Chemical Physics;7/1/1989, Vol. 91 Issue 1, p612
Academic Journal
Comparative calculations of the binding energy and structure of relaxed closed-shell clusters of icosahedral and cuboctahedral point group symmetry are reported. The atoms are presumed to interact via either the Lennard-Jones or the Aziz–Chen (HFD–C) pair potential. The IC structure is found to be lower in total energy for less than 14 shells (10 179 atoms) in the Lennard-Jones case and for less than 13 shells (8217 atoms) in the HFD–C case. Detailed energetics are analyzed in order to elucidate the mechanism for the transition from icosahedral to cuboctahedral symmetry.


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