Energetics and structural stability of lanthanum microclusters


Erkoc S., Bastug T., Hirata M., Tachimori S.

CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS, vol.314, pp.203-209, 1999 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 314
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0009-2614(99)01154-9
  • Journal Name: CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.203-209

Abstract

The energetics and the structural stability of lanthanum microclusters (La-n) have been investigated by performing relativistic density functional calculations and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. An empirical potential energy function has been parameterised for a lanthanum element by using the dimer interaction potential energy profile of La-2, which is calculated by relativistic density functional method. Stable structures of the microclusters for n = 3-13 have been determined by MD simulation and electronic structures have been calculated by relativistic density functional method. MD simulations have also been performed for spherical clusters with sizes n = 19-157. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.