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Size dependence of thermal expansion of nanostructures

Pathak, Sandeep and Shenoy, Vijay B (2005) Size dependence of thermal expansion of nanostructures. In: Physical Review B, 72 (11).

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Abstract

A theory for the size dependence of the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of nanostructures is developed. The theory predicts that the fractional change in the CTE from the bulk value scales inversely with the size of the nanostructure. An explicit relation for the intrinsic length scale that governs the size dependence is derived.The theory is tested against full-scale molecular dynamics simulations and excellent agreement is found. Further, it is shown that the CTE can rise or fall with size depending on the properties of the bounding surfaces of the nanostructure. The theory has the potential to be used as part of a predictive tool for the design of nanostructures.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to American Physical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/3938

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