Power-law scaling of dynamical and structural signatures in liquid metallic nano-film
K. Zhang1, Y. Y. Jiang1, H. Li1a, P. C. Si1, Y. F. Li1, H. Q. Yu1, K. M. Liew2 and X. G. Song1
Key Laboratory for Liquid-Solid Structural Evolution and Processing of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong University - Jinan 250061, China
2 Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong - Kowloon, Hong Kong
Accepted: 6 October 2011
Structural and dynamical features of a liquid metallic nano-film during cooling are investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. Several unique structural transformations from liquid to nano-crystalline or glass are observed. Moreover, the crystalline fraction change and motion propensity are discussed in detail. Results indicate a close relation between the local structural ordering and the dynamic signature. We use a new parameter P(a,τ,ν) as an effective indicator for predicting both local structural order and motion propensity in a metallic nano-film, and find that the fraction of crystalline clusters follows a negative power-law scaling with the cooling rate increasing, which is the inverse of P(a,τ,ν).
PACS: 61.20.Ja – Computer simulation of liquid structure / 61.20.Gy – Theory and models of liquid structure
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