Finite Crystallization and Wulff shape emergence for ionic compounds in the square lattice
Abstract
We present twodimensional crystallization results in the square lattice for finite particle systems consisting of two different atomic types. We identify energy minimizers of configurational energies featuring twobody shortranged particle interactions which favor some reference distance between different atomic types and contain repulsive contributions for atoms of the same type. We first prove that ground states are connected subsets of the square lattice with alternating arrangement of the two atomic types in the crystal lattice, and address the emergence of a square macroscopic Wulff shape for an increasing number of particles. We then analyze the signed difference of the number of the two atomic types, the socalled net charge, for which we prove the sharp scaling [inlineformula] in terms of the particle number n. Afterwards, we investigate the model under prescribed net charge. We provide a characterization for the minimal energy and identify a critical net charge beyond which crystallization in the square lattice fails. Finally, for this specific net charge we prove a crystallization result and identify a diamondlike Wulffshape of energy minimizers which illustrates the sensitivity of the macroscopic geometry on the net charge.
 Publication:

Nonlinearity
 Pub Date:
 March 2020
 DOI:
 10.1088/13616544/ab591f
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1903.00331
 Bibcode:
 2020Nonli..33.1240F
 Keywords:

 ionic dimers;
 ground state;
 configurational energy minimization;
 crystallization;
 Wulff shape;
 square lattice;
 net charge;
 Condensed Matter  Statistical Mechanics;
 Condensed Matter  Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics;
 Mathematical Physics;
 Mathematics  Analysis of PDEs;
 82D25
 EPrint:
 doi:10.1088/13616544/ab591f