Competition between two forms of ordering in finite coulomb clusters

Hiroo Totsuji, Tokunari Kishimoto, Chieko Totsuji, Kenji Tsuruta

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Molecular dynamics simulations were used to investigate the lowest-energy state of spherical clusters made up of single-species charged particles in a three-dimensional confining potential. The energy per particle of shell-structured clusters was compared to that of spherical finite-bcc lattice with relaxed surfaces. The formation of small bcc lattice (nucleation) was observed in the shell-structured cluster of 2×104 ions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125002
Pages (from-to)1250021-1250024
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Mar 25 2002

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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