Structures and Chemical Ordering of Small Cu-Ag Clusters

S Nunez, Roy Johnston

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The structures and chemical ordering (segregation properties) of Cu-Ag clusters with 34, 38, and 98 atoms have been studied using a combination of a genetic algorithm (GA) global optimization technique coupled with the Gupta semiempirical many-body potential A detailed analysis of Cu-Ag structural motifs and segregation effects is presented. For the 38-atom cluster, the effect of varying the potential parameters is studied, where the heteronuclear Cu-Ag parameters in the Gupta potential are derived as weighted averages of the Cu-Cu and Ag-Ag parameters The structural motifs predicted by the Gupta potential, for selected compositions, have been compared to previously published Gupta and density functional theory (DFT) calculations for 38-atom Cu-Ag clusters. From this study, we have found that the lowest energy arrangement is the CucoreAgshell configuration For the 98-atom clusters, it was seen that Leary tetrahedron isomers are higher in energy than the isomers obtained by the GA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13255-13266
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010


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