Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-28-2018

Department

Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

It is widely accepted in the materials modeling community that defect-free realistic networks of amorphous silicon cannot be prepared by quenching from a molten state of silicon using classical or ab initio molecular-dynamics (MD) simulations. In this work, we address this long-standing problem by producing nearly defect-free ultra-large models of amorphous silicon, consisting of up to half a million atoms, using classical MD simulations. The structural, topological, electronic, and vibrational properties of the models are presented and compared with experimental data. A comparison of the models with those obtained from using the modified Wooten-Winer-Weaire bond-switching algorithm shows that the models are on par with the latter, which were generated via event-based total-energy relaxations of atomistic networks in the configuration space. The MD models produced in this work represent the highest quality of amorphous-silicon networks so far reported in the literature using MD simulations.

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Publisher's Version

Publication Title

The Journal of Chemical Physics

Issue

20

First Page

1

Last Page

8

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