The technique of quantum molecular dynamics is reviewed, and a simplified approach based on a first-principles tight-binding implementation of local density theory is discussed. Several illustrations and applications of the theory are presented. Applying it to amorphous materials, we have developed a procedure for producing amorphous Si networks with small defect concentrations. Benchmark checks are made for atomic geometries at Si(111)-(2×1) and Si(001)-(2×1), p(2×2), and c(4×2) reconstructed surfaces. A simulation of a Scanning Tunneling Microscope tip interacting with a reconstructed surface is performed, and it is shown how the tip can alter the reconstruction of the surface. Simulation of a kinked Si(001) surface step and comparison to an unkinked step are also presented.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering