Crystal nucleation in the hard sphere system

O'Malley, B and Snook, I 2003, 'Crystal nucleation in the hard sphere system', Physical Review Letters, vol. 90, pp. 85702-85705.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Crystal nucleation in the hard sphere system
Author(s) O'Malley, B
Snook, I
Year 2003
Journal name Physical Review Letters
Volume number 90
Start page 85702
End page 85705
Total pages 4
Publisher American Physical Society
Abstract The structure and growth of crystal nuclei that spontaneously form during computer simulations of the simplest nontrivial model of a liquid, the hard sphere system, is described in this work. Compact crystal nuclei are observed to form at densities within the coexistence region of the phase diagram. The nuclei possess a range of morphologies with a predominance of multiply twinned particles possessing in some cases a significant decahedral character. However the multiply twinned particles do not form from an initial decahedral core but appear to nucleate as blocks of a face-centered cubic crystal partially bounded by stacking faults.
Subject Condensed Matter Modelling and Density Functional Theory
ISSN 0031-9007
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