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We report our studies of the potential energy surface (PES)of selected binary Lennard-Jones clusters. The effect of adding selected impurity atoms to a homogeneous cluster is explored. Inherent structures and transition states are found by combination of conjugate gradient and eigenvector-following methods while the topography of the PES is mapped with the help of a disconnectivity analysis. We show that we can controllably induce new structures as well as reorder and stabilize existing structures that are characteristic of higher-lying minima.

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© 2003 American Institute of Physics.



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