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Molecular dynamics study of the role of material properties on the properties of nanoparticules formed by rapid expansion of a heated target

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Rapid expansion of a heated target and its decomposition into fragments is investigated by using molecular dynamics simulations. Particular attention is focused on the void formation and nucleation that governs the target disintegration. The cluster formation process is investigated as a function of material properties (initial temperature, interaction potential and composition). Calculation results demonstrate the influence of these properties on void nucleation and growth and on the characteristic parameters of nanoparticles to be formed. In particular, larger initial temperature and expansion rate lead to the formation of smaller fragments. These effects are found to be similar for three different materials (silicon, nickel and metal alloy). In addition, the stoichiometrical cluster composition obtained in the expansion of a binary alloy is found to be fairly well preserved. The calculation results can be used for the interpretation of the experimental findings showing the formation of nanoparticles by short and ultra-short pulse laser ablation of both simple and more complex materials.
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ujm-00377686 , version 1 (22-04-2009)

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Tatiana Itina. Molecular dynamics study of the role of material properties on the properties of nanoparticules formed by rapid expansion of a heated target. EMRS 2008, May 2008, Strasbourg, France. pp.5107-5111, ⟨10.1016/j.apsusc.2008.07.158⟩. ⟨ujm-00377686⟩
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