Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

L. Kreutz - M. Friedrich

Finite crystallization and wulff shape emergence for ionic compounds in the square lattice

created by kreutz on 28 Feb 2019
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Published Paper

Inserted: 28 feb 2019
Last Updated: 17 sep 2020

Journal: Nonlinearity
Year: 2019


We present two-dimensional crystallization results in the square lattice for finite particle systems consisting of two different atomic types. We identify energy minimizers of configurational energies featuring two-body short-ranged 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 so-called net charge, for which we prove the sharp scaling n to 1 over 4 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 diamond-like Wulff-shape of energy minimizers which illustrates the sensitivity of the macroscopic geometry on the net charge.