Non-crystalline structures in the growth of silver nanoclusters

F Baletto, C Mottet, R Ferrando

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The growth of nanometer-size free Ag clusters is studied by Molecular Dynamics simulations. The morphology transition from the icosahedron at the magic size of N = 55 atoms to the Marks truncated decahedron at N = 75 is analyzed in details, in order to single out kinetic trapping and entropic effects. At very low T, the cluster is kinetically trapped in an icosahedral structure, At intermediate T the transition takes place sharply at N similar or equal to 65. At higher T, the transition is smeared out and finally, around 550 K no transition is found because the 75 decahedron is melted
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25 - 28
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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