Ordering and phase separation of adsorbed binary mixtures

N. K. Mahale, M. W. Cole

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The ground state energy is calculated for mixtures adsorbed on graphite and Ag surfaces. The graphite case considers noble gases adsorbed in a commensurate array, while for Ag the substrate is ignored except for its mediation of the interatomic interaction. The balance between alternative possible structures is sensitive to the assumed interaction, for which realistic potential models are employed. Comparison is made with predictions based on simple combining rules. The cases of Ar mixtures with N2 or CO on graphite are treated, including both herringbone and pinwheel structures for the N2. Finite temperature behavior is described qualitatively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-326
Number of pages8
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 2 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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