Molecular dynamics approach for crystal structures of methane A and B

CG Galvan and JM Cabrera-Trujillo and IJ Hernandez-Hernandez and LA Perez, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MODERN PHYSICS C, 28, 1750048 (2017).

DOI: 10.1142/S0129183117500486

The carbon structures of phases A and B of methane are investigated through classical molecular dynamics simulations using optimized potentials for liquid simulations all-atom force fields as well as ReaxFF reactive force fields. Both final thermodynamic states were obtained by the proper ramping of temperature and pressure through well- known regions of methane's phase diagram using the isothermal-isobaric (NPT) ensemble. Our calculated structures are in good agreement with very recent experimental data. The knowledge of these phases is the basis for the study of methane at high pressures.

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