Melting of trapped few-particle systems.

  title={Melting of trapped few-particle systems.},
  author={Jens B{\"o}ning and Alexei Filinov and P. Ludwig and Henning Baumgartner and Michael Bonitz and Yurii E. Lozovik},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={100 11},
In small confined systems predictions for the melting point strongly depend on the choice of quantity and on the way it is computed, even yielding divergent and ambiguous results. We present a very simple quantity that allows us to control these problems-the variance of the block averaged interparticle distance fluctuations.