Direct calculation of the crystal-melt interfacial free energies for continuous potentials: Application to the Lennard-Jones system

2009-12-08T16:13:37Z (GMT) by Ruslan L. Davidchack Brian B. Laird
Extending to continuous potentials a cleaving wall molecular dynamics simulation method recently developed for the hard-sphere system [Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 4751 (2000)], we calculate the crystal–melt interfacial free energies, γ, for a Lennard-Jones system as functions of both crystal orientation and temperature. At the triple point, T*=0.617, the results are consistent with an earlier cleaving potential calculation by Broughton and Gilmer [J. Chem. Phys. 84, 5759 (1986)], however, the greater precision of the current calculation allows us to accurately determine the anisotropy of γ. From our data we find that, at all temperatures studied, γ[subscript 111]<γ[subscript 110]<γ[subscript 100]. A comparison is made to the results from our previous hard-sphere calculation and to recent results for Ni by Asta, Hoyt, and Karma [Phys. Rev. B 66 100101(R) (2002)].

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