Identifying structural patterns in 'disordered` metal clusters
Jonathan P. K. Doye
Phys. Rev. B 68, 195418 (2003)
AbstractZinc and cadmium clusters interacting with a Gupta potential have previously been identified as prototypical metallic systems that exhibiting disordered cluster structures. Here, putative global minima of the potential energy have been located for these clusters for all sizes up to N=125. Although none of the usual structural forms are lowest in energy and many of the clusters have no overall order, strong structural preferences have been identified. Many of the clusters are based on distorted oblate Marks decahedra, where the distortion involves the bringing together of atoms on either side of a re-entrant groove of the Marks decahedron.
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See also the entry for Gupta clusters in the Cambridge Cluster Database.