A molecular-dynamics simulation of the orientational melting of potassium perchlorate
Département de Recherches
Physiques URA CNRS 71, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Casier 136, 75252
Paris Cedex 05, France
Accepted: 21 December 1995
A constant-pressure molecular-dynamics simulation of the first-order phase transition of potassium perchlorate is presented. The simulation yields the correct structures in both the low-temperature ordered phase and the high-temperature orientationally disordered phase. While experiments show a rather ill-behaved reconstructive transition, the simulation, despite its excellent agreement with known crystallographic data, follows a very straightforward transition process. This suggests that the behaviour of the real sample, which is presumably connected with the large volume increase at the transition, is driven by effects on a non-microscopic scale.
PACS: 61.43.Bn – Structural modeling: serial-addition models, computer simulation / 63.75.+z – Statistical mechanics of displacive phase transitions / 64.80.-v – Other phase studies of systems
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