Physics and Astronomy
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
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.
The Journal of Chemical Physics
(2018). Nearly Defect-Free Dynamical Models of Disordered Solids: The Case of Amorphous Silicon. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 148(20), 1-8.
Available at: https://aquila.usm.edu/fac_pubs/15778