## Abstract

We characterize, by means of the definition of a generalized distance, the differences and
similarities between binary nanoclusters. To define analytically, and to compute numerically
this distance, we have generalized an original concept that was introduced for pure
clusters. Since the diversity of cluster conformations grows exponentially with their size,
and becomes even larger when the cluster atoms are of more than one species, we limit our
attention to small ones. Thus, to illustrate and analyze our distance definition we
characterize the Lennard-Jones (LJ) minimum energy conformations of two- and
three-dimensional (2D and 3D) binary clusters, for 5 ≤ *N* ≤ 12, where *N* is the
number of atoms of the cluster. In addition, when varying the LJ potential parameters, we
find that the number of minima decreases as the range of the potential of one of the species
is increased, and confirm that minimal energy conformations adopt a well defined core-shell
configuration.

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