Dynamics of Atomic Structure

  • Satoru Sugano
Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 20)


Fluctuation of atomic structures of metal microclusters is observed by using an electron microscope of atomic resolution with a television camera. Such a structural fluctuation is one of the characteristics of microclusters. By using a computer, dynamical properties of small microclusters are studied for the size N = 13 bound by the Lennard-Jones interaction. The coexistence of solid-like and liquid-like phases is pointed out at the effective temperature between those for melting and freezing. On the other hand, for the transition-metal cluster of size N = 6, a fluctuating state accompanying no atomic diffusion is found just below the melting temperature, and a transition to permutation isomers accompanying atomic diffusion just above the melting temperature. Thermal properties of transition-metal microclusters are studied by using Monte-Carlo simulations in both cases of absence and presence of a magnetic interaction. It is observed that a sharp magnetic transition exists even in the small magnetic cluster of size N = 7.


Atomic Diffusion Fluctuate State Pentagonal Bipyramid Caloric Curve Continual Transition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Satoru Sugano
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  1. 1.Faculty of ScienceHimeji Institute of TechnologyAko-gunnJapan
  2. 2.Institute for Solid State PhysicsUniversity of TokyoMinato-ku, TokyoJapan

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