PerspectiveMelting Mechanisms

Simulations provide a rare look at real melting

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Science  07 Nov 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6210, pp. 704-705
DOI: 10.1126/science.1259685

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Melting is perhaps one of the most familiar phase transformations. Yet, surprisingly, the complex mechanisms leading to melting have just recently been clarified. On page 729 of this issue, Samanta et al. (1) report a large-scale atomistic computational investigation that offers an exceptionally detailed look at the underlying mechanisms for melting of metals under near-equilibrium conditions.