Assembling of hydrogenated aluminum clusters
Departamento de Física Moderna, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Cantabria, 39005 Santander, Spain
2 Departamento de Física Teórica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
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Published online: 15 September 2001
The electronic and atomic structure of Al13H has been studied using Density Functional Theory. Al13H has closed electronic shells. This makes the cluster very stable and suggests that it could be a candidate to form cluster assembled solids. The interaction between two Al13H clusters was analyzed and we found that the two units preserve their identities in the dimer. A cubic-like solid phase assembled from Al13H units was then modeled. In that solid the clusters retain much of their identity. Molecular dynamics runs show that the structure of the assembled solid is stable at least up to 150 K. A favorable relative orientation of the clusters with respect to their neighbors is critical for the stability of that solid.
PACS: 36.40.Cg – Electronic and magnetic properties of clusters / 36.40.Mr – Spectroscopy and geometrical structure of clusters / 61.46.+w – Nanoscale materials: clusters, nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanocrystals
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