Why does the second peak of pair correlation functions split in quasi-two-dimensional disordered films?

K. Zhang, H. Li, L. Li, X. F. Bian

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Molecular dynamics simulation has been performed to study the splitting of the second peak in pair correlation functions of quasi-two-dimensional disordered film. A quasi-two-dimensional inhomogeneous structural model, which contains both crystal-like and disordered regions, supports the hypothesis that the splitting of the second peak is result of a statistical average of crystal-like and disordered structural regions in the system, not just the amorphous structure. The second-peak splitting can be viewed as a prototype of the crystal-like peak exhibiting distorted and vestigial features.
Original languageEnglish
Article number071907
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2013

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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