Melting line of aluminum from simulations of coexisting phases

J. R. Morris, C. Z. Wang, K. M. Ho, C. T. Chan
1994 Physical Review B (Condensed Matter)  
We have performed simulations of coexisting liquid and solid phases of aluminum as an efBcient way of mapping out the coexistence line. This technique is convenient, as it does not require complicated free energy calculations for the different phases, but simply allows the system to equilibrate to a coexistence point. By altering the simulation volume and jor energy, a new coexistence point is found. The calculated melting temperature is lower than previous results for the identical model; we
more » ... spect that this difFerence is due to the difficulty of calculating the free energy of the liquid phase, leading to inaccuracies in the previous work. A thorough examination of several different system sizes, from 1024 to 65 536 particles, indicates that the results are only weakly dependent upon the system size.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.49.3109 pmid:10011167 fatcat:6yadu52gsjcf7odgqw34t6elaa