Properties of a continuous-random-network model for amorphous systems

Yuhai Tu, J. Tersoff, G. Grinstein, David Vanderbilt

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We use a Monte Carlo bond-switching method to study systematically the thermodynamic properties of a “continuous random network” model, the canonical model for such amorphous systems as a-Si and a-SiO2. Simulations show first-order “melting” into an amorphous state, and clear evidence for a glass transition in the supercooled liquid. The random-network model is also extended to study heterogeneous structures, such as the interface between amorphous and crystalline Si.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4899-4902
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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