The melting of a monatomic amorphous surface: A molecular dynamics study

M. R. Mruzik, S. H. Garofalini, G. M. Pound

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A monatomic amorphous surface has been simulated above and below the gradual melting transition using molecular dynamics for atoms interacting through a Lennard-Jones 12-6 potential energy function. Detailed atomic trajectories are presented and averaged to yield diffusion constants and activation energies. Surface melting, which occurs at lower temperatures than for the amorphous bulk and most crystalline surfaces, is described in terms of radial distribution functions, velocity correlations, and vibrational spectra.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-360
Number of pages8
JournalSurface Science
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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