Temperature and segregation effects in alkali-metal microclusters from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

P. Ballone, W. Andreoni, Roberto Car, M. Parrinello

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Abstract

We present an ab initio molecular dynamics study of the ground state, finite temperature, dynamical and electronic properties of Na20 and Na10K10 microclusters. For Na20 the lowest-energy structure has several bulklike features. The vibrational spectrum at 200 K is compared to that of the liquid. From our results we derive a rationale for the so far unexplained dependence of the mass spectrum on the nozzle temperature and compositional abundance of the mixed clusters. The implications of our calculations on the validity of the shell model are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-78
Number of pages6
JournalEPL
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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