Simulation of C60 melting

The associated MPEG movie shows the dynamics of melting and disintegration of a C60 "buckyball" cluster, that is gradually heated up from absolute zero to a temperature of nearly 10,000 degrees Kelvin.

The temperature of the heat bath is displayed on the thermometer on the left. The binding energy of individual atoms is translated into color. The color scale on the right indicates that most strongly bound atoms are colored blue, and least bound atoms in light yellow. The camera slowly zooms out as the clusters dimensions increase during the disintegration process.

C60 melting movie (10,641,875 bytes)


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