Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 73, Issue 3–4, pp 497–514 | Cite as

Crystalline—amorphous interface packings for disks and spheres

  • Frank H. Stillinger
  • Boris D. Lubachevsky


We have employed a computer simulation method for uniaxial compression to create random, but spatially inhomogeneous, disk and sphere packings in contact with exposed faces of their own close-packed crystals. The disk calculations involved 7920 movable particles, while the sphere cases utilized over 4000 particles. Rates of compression to the jamming limit were varied over two orders of magnitude, and in three dimensions this produced a clear distinction between the cases of jamming against (001) and (111) faces of the sphere crystal. Specifically, epitaxial order next to the (001) face was markedly enhanced by slowing the compression; for the (111) face the epitaxial order was quite insensitive to the compression rate.

Key words

Rigid disks rigid spheres amorphous solids glasses epitaxial order crystallization interfaces 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank H. Stillinger
    • 1
  • Boris D. Lubachevsky
    • 1
  1. 1.AT & T Bell LaboratoriesMurray HillUSA

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