We present the results of atomistic simulations using derived interatomic potentials for the pyrite-structured metal chalcogenides FeS2, PtSb2 and PtAs2. Structural and elastic constants were calculated and compared with experimental measurements. Surface energies of low-index surfaces were calculated and closely reflected the measured stabilities of these compounds. Equivalent surfaces on the pyrite and marcasite structures of FeS2 explained the experimentally observed intergrowths of the two phases.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||South African Journal of Science|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2005|