On the connected-charges Thomson problem

  title={On the connected-charges Thomson problem},
  author={An{\vz}e Slosar and R. Podgornik},
We investigate the modifications brought about by the linear connectivity among charges in the classical Thomson problem. Instead of packing with local hexagonal order interspersed with topological defects, we find charge distributions with helical symmetry wound around the surface of the sphere. This finding should have repercussions in the viral packing and macroion adsorption theories. 

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