Reentrant and isostructural transitions in a cluster-crystal former.


Journal Article

We study the low-temperature behavior of a simple cluster-crystal forming system through simulation. We find the phase diagram to be hybrid between the Gaussian core model and the penetrable sphere model. The system additionally exhibits S-shaped doubly reentrant phase sequences as well as critical isostructural transitions between crystals of different average lattice site occupancy. Because of the possible annihilation of lattice sites and accompanying clustering, the system moreover shows an unusual softening upon compression.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhang, K; Charbonneau, P; Mladek, BM

Published Date

  • December 9, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 105 / 24

Start / End Page

  • 245701 -

PubMed ID

  • 21231534

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21231534

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1079-7114

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/physrevlett.105.245701


  • eng