, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 2711–2717 | Cite as

Ordering and diffusion in liquid magnesium antimonide (Mg3Sb2) from hypernetted-chain theory and molecular dynamics simulation

  • Ünsal Akdere
  • Seçkin D. GünayEmail author
  • Çetin Taşseven
Original Paper


The static structure and ionic transport in molten Mg3Sb2 was investigated by means of the hypernetted-chain theory of liquids (HNC) and the molecular dynamics simulation (MD) using a semi-empirical pairwise potential together with the liquid-state density that was estimated from the procedure of finding minimum energy. Magnesium sublattice melts into a more disordered liquid state with a higher mobility compared to antimony. Highly mobile magnesium ions indicate the cluster distribution over a range. Tendency of the pre-peak at low k region (k ≅ 1.7Å-1) in the pair structure factor SNN(k) may be the result of the one of the n-fold Voronoi coordination polyhedral clusters that dominates over the other clusters. The results also suggest that the pair structure factor of the less mobile ion influences the low- k peak in SNN(k) that might be a characteristic feature of the systems whose components have markedly different self-ionic diffusion.


Liquid Magnesium antimonide Structure Diffusion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ünsal Akdere
    • 1
  • Seçkin D. Günay
    • 1
    Email author
  • Çetin Taşseven
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Faculty of ScienceYıldız Technical UniversityİstanbulTurkey

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