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Low-energy structures of clusters supported on metal fcc(110) surfaces

Peng Zhang1, Liuxue Ma1, Hezhu Shao1, Jinhu Zhang1, Wenxian Zhang1, Xijing Ning2 and Jun Zhuang1*

Author Affiliations

1 Key Laboratory of Micro and Nano Photonic Structures (Ministry of Education), Department of Optical Science and Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China

2 Applied Ion Beam Physics Lab, Institute of Modern Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:633  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-633

Published: 15 December 2011


The low-energy structures (LESs) of adatom clusters on a series of metal face-centered cubic (fcc) (110) surfaces are systematically studied by the genetic algorithm, and a simplified model based on the atomic interactions is developed to explain the LESs. Two different kinds of LES group mainly caused by the different next nearest-neighbor (NNN) adatom-adatom interaction are distinguished, although the NNN atomic interaction is much weaker than the nearest-neighbor interaction. For a repulsive NNN atomic interaction, only the linear chain is included in the LES group. However, for an attractive one, type of structure in the LES group is various and replace gradually one by one with cluster size increasing. Based on our model, we also predict the shape feature of the large cluster which is found to be related closely to the ratio of NN and NNN bond energies, and discuss the surface reconstruction in the view of atomic interaction. The results are in accordance with the experimental observations.

PACS: 68.43.Hn; 68.43.Fg.

supported cluster; structure; shape; metal surface