Thermodynamic and structural interpretations of the undercooled liquid metals

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A simple scheme based on pseudopotential and hard sphere results is used to evaluate the specific heat in the undercooled region (T< Tm) and in the higher temperature region (T > Tm) of liquid metals Na, K, Rb and Cs. The structure dependent part of the specific heat is found to increase in the undercooled region (T< Tm) with decreasing temperature and exhibits an inflection at a given temperature (TI). The results are discussed in the light of energetics and direct correlation function. We have also computed the diffusion coefficients which show T2-dependence in the undercooled region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-140
Number of pages12
JournalPhysics and Chemistry of Liquids
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 1994


  • diffusion coefficient
  • Specific heat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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