Atomistic cluster alignment method for local order mining in liquids and glasses

TitleAtomistic cluster alignment method for local order mining in liquids and glasses
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsFang XW, Wang CZ, Yao YX, Ding ZJ, Ho KM
Journal TitlePhysical Review B
Date Published11/16
ISBN Number1098-0121
Accession NumberISI:000284257500004
Keywordsalloys, forming ability, metallic glasses, molecular-dynamics, PACKING, short-range order, total-energy calculations, wave basis-set, zr

An atomistic cluster alignment method is developed to identify and characterize the local atomic structural order in liquids and glasses. With the "order mining" idea for structurally disordered systems, the method can detect the presence of any type of local order in the system and can quantify the structural similarity between a given set of templates and the aligned clusters in a systematic and unbiased manner. Moreover, population analysis can also be carried out for various types of clusters in the system. The advantages of the method in comparison with other previously developed analysis methods are illustrated by performing the structural analysis for four prototype systems (i.e., pure Al, pure Zr, Zr35Cu65, and Zr36Ni64). The results show that the cluster alignment method can identify various types of short-range orders (SROs) in these systems correctly while some of these SROs are difficult to capture by most of the currently available analysis methods (e.g., Voronoi tessellation method). Such a full three-dimensional atomistic analysis method is generic and can be applied to describe the magnitude and nature of noncrystalline ordering in many disordered systems.

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Alternate JournalPhys Rev B