Structural research has traditionally had a preferential role in solid state physics since the determination of the arrangements of atoms in space is the foundation stone for subsequent studies in order to determine the different physical, or chemical, properties. As far as crystalline solids are concerned, determining the structure has been made simpler by the possibility to limit ourselves to the relatively few atoms in the unit cell. Due to spatial periodicity, these atoms make up the fundamental unit the whole structure is based on. Conversely, for those solids that lack translational periodicity, the unit cell has infinite spatial extension, which makes it of no use to us in analysing the structure of amorphous systems.
KeywordsMetallic Glass Amorphous Alloy Hard Sphere Short Range Order Radial Distribution Function
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