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Formation of an icosahedral diamond crystal and its computer simulation
2009 (English)In: Xinxing tancailiao, ISSN 1007-8827, Vol. 24, no 2, 102-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Icosahedral diamond crystals (IDCs) were found in chemical vapour deposited diamond by a field emission scanning electron microscope, using. YG13 (cemented tungsten carbide containing 13% of Co) as a substrate. It is found that the nanometer sized IDCs are in the shape of a nearly perfect icosahedron and the micrometer sized IDCs are in the shape of a icosahedron with dimples or grooves. A simulation on atomistic scale is performed by assuming a nucleation - growth model in order to elaborate the mechanism of IDC formation. Results show that the nucleus of IDCs is dodecahedrane, C20H20. For the tetrahedral cubic packing, the dihedral angle of {111} facets of IDCs is 2.87 degrees larger than that of the normal {111} twin plane. The geometric position of the bilateral atoms on the {111} twin plane of IDCs is mismatched, resulting in a distorted twin plane (DTP) in IDCs. The high energy of DTP induces the dimples or grooves that occurred in IDCs.

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2009. Vol. 24, no 2, 102-108 p.
Keyword [en]
CVD, Diamond, Icosahedron, C20H20, Computer simulation
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Materials Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-33123ISI: 000267634200002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-67650553993OAI: diva2:413454
QC 20110428Available from: 2011-04-28 Created: 2011-04-28 Last updated: 2011-04-28Bibliographically approved

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