Freezing between two and three dimensions.

  title={Freezing between two and three dimensions.},
  author={Nat Karsten Schmidt and Loewen},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={76 24},
The freezing transition of hard spheres confined between two parallel hard plates is studied for different plate separations interpolating between two and three spatial dimensions. Using Monte Carlo simulations and free volume theory, the full phase diagram is obtained exhibiting solid-tosolid transitions between buckled, layered, and rhombic crystals. While the fluid-solid transition is always strongly first order, both strong and very weak transitions occur between different crystalline… CONTINUE READING