|Title||Phase diagram of power law and Lennard-Jones systems: Crystal phases|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Journal||Journal of Chemical Physics|
|Type of Article||Article|
|Keywords||entropy, fcc, free-energy, model systems, monte-carlo method, potentials, solid-fluid coexistence, spheres, structural-properties|
An extensive characterization of the low temperature phase diagram of particles interacting with power law or Lennard-Jones potentials is provided from Lattice Dynamical Theory. For power law systems, only two lattice structures are stable for certain values of the exponent (or softness) (A15, body centered cube (bcc)) and two more (face centered cubic (fcc), hexagonal close packed (hcp)) are always stable. Among them, only the fcc and bcc are equilibrium states. For Lennard-Jones systems, the equilibrium states are either hcp or fcc, with a coexistence curve in pressure and temperature that shows reentrant behavior. The hcp solid never coexists with the liquid. In all cases analyzed, for both power law and Lennard-Jones potentials, the fcc crystal has higher entropy than the hcp. The role of anharmonic terms is thoroughly analyzed and a general thermodynamic integration to account for them is proposed. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.
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