The study of structural properties of amorphous structures is complicated by the lack of long-range order and necessitates the use of both cutting-edge computer modeling and experimental techniques. With regards to the computer modeling, many questions on convergence arise when trying to assess the accuracy of a simulated system. What cell size maximizes the accuracy while remaining computationally efficient? More importantly, does averaging multiple smaller cells adequately describe features found in bulk amorphous materials? How small is too small? The aims of this work are: (1) to report a newly developed set of pair potentials for InGaZnO4 and (2) to explore the effects of structural parameters such as simulation cell size and numbers on the structural convergence of amorphous InGaZnO4. The total number of formula units considered over all runs is found to be the critical factor in convergence as long as the cell considered contains a minimum of circa fifteen formula units. There is qualitative agreement between these simulations and X-ray total scattering data – peak trends and locations are consistently reproduced while intensities are weaker. These new IGZO pair potentials are a valuable starting point for future structural refinement efforts.

Buchanan, J. C.; Fast, D.; Hanken, B.; Mustard, T. J.; Laurita, G.; Chiang, T.-H.; Keszler, D.; Subramanian, M.; Wager, J.; Dolgos, M.; et al. Structural convergence properties of amorphous InGaZnO4 from simulated liquid-quench methods. Dalt. Trans. 2017 http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C7DT02181J