On the stability of vacancy and vacancy clusters in amorphous solids

C. H. Bennett, P. Chaudhari, V. Moruzzi, P. Steinhardt

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We find vacancies and vacancy clusters in an amorphous solid, comprised of 500 atoms and characterized by a Lennard–Jones potential, to be unstable both under static and dynamic (molecular dynamics) relaxation. The annealing-out of the vacant volume and the associated translational rearrangement of atoms occur at temperatures and times much smaller than for diffusion in a corresponding face–centred–cubic crystal. Vacancy clusters in a random–network mode! characterized by a Keating potential are observed to persist after static relaxation. These clusters and the network collapse to a more dense–packed structure when the bond–bending forces are set equal to zero and more than nearest–neighbour central–force interactions are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-495
Number of pages11
JournalPhilosophical Magazine A: Physics of Condensed Matter, Structure, Defects and Mechanical Properties
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1979
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Metals and Alloys


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