Finite coulomb crystal formation

  title={Finite coulomb crystal formation},
  author={John Anthony Vasut and Truell W. Hyde and La Barge},
Abstract Dust particles immersed within a plasma environment, such as those found in planetary rings or comets, will acquire an electric charge. If the ratio of the inter-particle potential energy to average kinetic energy is large enough the particles will form either a “liquid” structure with short-range ordering or a crystalline structure with long-range ordering. Since their discovery in laboratory environments in 1994, such crystals have been the subject of a variety of experimental… CONTINUE READING

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