Journal or Book Title
Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Recently developed fundamental measure density functional theory (FMT) is used to study binary hard sphere (HS) complexes in crystalline phases. By comparing the excess free energy, pressure, and phase diagram, we show that the fundamental measure functional yields good agreements to the available simulation results of AB, AB2, and AB13 crystals. Furthermore, we use this functional to study the HS models of five binary crystals, Cu5Zr(C15b), Cu51Zr14(β), Cu10Zr7(ϕ), CuZr(B2), and CuZr2(C11b), which are observed in the Cu–Zr system. The FMT functional gives a well-behaved minimum for most of the hard sphere crystal complexes in the two-dimensional Gaussian parameter space, namely a crystalline phase. However, the current version of FMT functional (White Bear) fails to give a stable minimum for the structure Cu10Zr7(ϕ). We argue that the observed solid phases for the HS models of the Cu–Zr system are true thermodynamic stable phases and can be used as a reference system in perturbation calculations.
American Chemical Society
Gunawardana, Koralagamage and Song, Xueyu, "Free Energy Calculations of Crystalline Hard Sphere Complexes Using Density Functional Theory" (2015). Ames Laboratory Publications. 373.