Physical interpretation of the partition function for colloidal clusters

  title={Physical interpretation of the partition function for colloidal clusters},
  author={Ellen Klein and Rebecca W. Perry and Vinothan N. Manoharan},
  journal={Physical Review E},
Colloidal clusters consist of small numbers of colloidal particles bound by weak, short-range attractions. The equilibrium probability of observing a cluster in a particular geometry is well-described by a statistical mechanical model originally developed for molecules. To explain why this model fits experimental data so well, we derive the partition function classically, with no quantum mechanical considerations. Then, by comparing and contrasting the derivation in particle coordinates with… Expand

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