Icosahedral Bond Orientational Order in Supercooled Liquids

Paul J. Steinhardt, David R. Nelson, Marco Ronchetti

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Three-dimensional bond orientational order is studied via computer simulations of 864 particles interacting through a Lennard-Jones pair potential. Long-range orientational fluctuations appear upon supercooling about ten percent below the equilibrium melting temperature. The fluctuations suggest a broken icosahedral symmetry with extended correlations in the orientations of local icosahedral packing units.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1297-1300
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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