Monte Carlo and density functional theory analysis of the distribution of gold and palladium atoms on AuPd (111) alloys

Jorge A. Boscoboinik, Craig Plaisance, Matthew Neurock, Wilfred T. Tysoe

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Abstract

The total energies of various AuPd (111) alloys are calculated using density functional theory and the results parametrized by a model that includes the energy to exchange gold and palladium atoms within the first and second layers of the alloy, and between the first and second layers. The model is in excellent agreement with the results of density functional theory calculations giving a net repulsive energy between gold and palladium in the first layer, denoted ε11, of ∼0.06 eV. The effect of the repulsion between gold and palladium is explored using Monte Carlo simulations, where it is found that ordered structures appear only for values of ε11 kT>1.4. The results are compared with previously published scanning tunneling microscopy images of gold/Pd(111) alloys, and the measured gold distributions yield good agreement with the results of the Monte Carlo simulations for ε11 kT∼0.64. This suggests that the experimental value of ε11 is ∼0.02 eV, in the same range, but slightly lower than predicted by density functional theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number045422
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume77
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 23 2008
Externally publishedYes

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