Yukuwa mixtures with and without gravity

Hiroo Totsuji, Tokunari Kishimoto, Chieko Totsuji, Kenji Tsurata

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The structures of systems of particles with repulsive Yukawa interactions are analyzed by molecular dynamics simulations with emphasis on the behavior of Yukawa mixtures. To keep the density of particles with mutual repulsion at finite values, we need some confining mechanism and the latter has strong effects on the structure formation. Under the gravity, the confinement is one-dimensional and we have layered structures. In this case, Yukawa mixtures are separated by the difference in the charge to mass ratios. In the case without gravity, we may have three-dimensional confinement and the behavior of the system may be analyzed by assuming spherical symmetry. We show that there also occurs a separation of species according to the magnitude of charges under the condition of no gravity and we have well-organized structures when the temperature is sufficiently low.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica Scripta T
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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