Title
Angular melting scenarios in binary dusty-plasma Coulomb balls : magic versus normal clusters Angular melting scenarios in binary dusty-plasma Coulomb balls : magic versus normal clusters
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
Publication type
article
Publication
Melville, N.Y. :American Physical Society ,
Subject
Physics
Source (journal)
Physical review : E : statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics / American Physical Society. - Melville, N.Y., 2001 - 2015
Volume/pages
90(2014) :6 , 7 p.
ISSN
1539-3755
1550-2376
1539-3755
Article Reference
063113
Carrier
E-only publicatie
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Molecular-dynamic simulations were performed in order to investigate the melting processes of isotropically confined binary systems. We considered two species of particles, which differ by their amount of electric charge. A Lindemann type of criterion was used to determine the angular melting temperature. We demonstrate that the magic-to-normal cluster transition can evolve in two distinct ways, that is, through a structural phase transition of the first order or via a smooth transition where an increase of the shells' width leads to a continuous decreasing mechanical stability of the system. Moreover, for large systems, we demonstrate that the internal cluster exerts a minor effect on the mechanical stability of the external shell. Furthermore, we show that highly symmetric configurations, such as those found for multiple ring structures, have large mechanical stability, i.e., high angular melting temperature.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/441dd2/9426.pdf
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