Molecular dynamics simulations have been used to investigate the melting behavior of Au nanotubes with different cross-sectional symmetries, wall thicknesses, and crystallographic facets. Nanotubes melt at temperatures significantly lower than the equilibrium melting point, estimated for a semicrystal terminating with a free surface. Depending on the wall thickness, the solid-liquid transformation can be preceded by a sequence of premelting phenomena involving sets of atoms with increasing thermal stability such as edge, surface, grain boundary, and bulklike atoms. A percolating liquidlike diffusion path also appears at intermediate wall thickness.

A numerical study of the melting behavior of Au nanotubes

DELOGU, FRANCESCO
2007

Abstract

Molecular dynamics simulations have been used to investigate the melting behavior of Au nanotubes with different cross-sectional symmetries, wall thicknesses, and crystallographic facets. Nanotubes melt at temperatures significantly lower than the equilibrium melting point, estimated for a semicrystal terminating with a free surface. Depending on the wall thickness, the solid-liquid transformation can be preceded by a sequence of premelting phenomena involving sets of atoms with increasing thermal stability such as edge, surface, grain boundary, and bulklike atoms. A percolating liquidlike diffusion path also appears at intermediate wall thickness.
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