Single impurity effect on the melting of nanoclusters

C Mottet, G Rossi, F Baletto, R Ferrando

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We show by molecular dynamics simulations that the melting temperature of clusters can be tuned by selective doping. In fact, a single Ni or Cu impurity in Ag icosahedral clusters considerably increases the melting temperature even for sizes of more than a hundred atoms. The upward shift is correlated to the strain relaxation induced by a small central impurity in icosahedral clusters
Original languageEnglish
Article number035501
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2005


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