Designing pairwise interactions that stabilize open crystals: Truncated square and truncated hexagonal latticesby Pineros, WD; Truskett, TM
Using a recently introduced formulation of the ground-state inverse design problem for a targeted lattice [W. Pineros et al., J. Chem. Phys. 144, 084502 (2016)], we discover purely repulsive and isotropic pair interactions that stabilize low-density truncated square and truncated hexagonal crystals, as well as promote their assembly in Monte Carlo simulations upon isochoric cooling from a high-temperature fluid phase. The results illustrate that the primary challenge to stabilizing very open two-dimensional lattices is to design interactions that can favor the target structure over competing stripe microphases.