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Configurations of Coulomb clusters in plasma
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FIG. 1.

(Color online) Structural change for various values of for . Top view (left) and side view (right) are shown to help visualize the three-dimensional structures.

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FIG. 2.

(Color online) 1D Coulomb chain. (A) Simulation (, ). (B) Experimental observation in laboratory [courtesy of Dr. N. Sato and Dr. S. Iizuka (Ref. 31)].

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FIG. 3.

(Color online) 2D regular polygon structures (simulation).

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FIG. 4.

Equipotential lines for numerical 2D dust structures .

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FIG. 5.

Large dust cluster .

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FIG. 6.

Fundamental crystal configurations in a spherical harmonic potential. (a) , (b) , (c) . The structures are characterized by two sets of particles in two parallel planes. The projections of the particles on an plane are regular polygons, or a square, a regular hexagon, and a regular octagon.

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FIG. 7.

(Color online) The configurations of minimum energy (CME) for four particles for various values of . Broken lines show the axis or the direction of . For , the particles are at the corners of a square in an plane. When becomes larger than 0.68, the structure becomes three-dimensional. For , the structure becomes uniquely characterized by two interparticle lines, one -directional and the other in an plane. For , a rhombic structure is formed followed by a deformed diamond shape for . A chain structure is formed for .

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FIG. 8.

(Color online) Total potential energy , radial potential energy , and -component potential energy vs elongation parameter . The potential energy is dominantly in a radial component for , while more of the potential energy shifts to the component for . Simulation results are marked by solid markers (, , ), while analytical results are shown by lines with labels (1), (2), and (3). Detailed behavior around is shown as an inset.

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FIG. 9.

(Color online) Coordinates and analytical expressions for the configurations for various ranges of for .

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FIG. 10.

(Color online) The edge lengths (neighboring interparticle distances) as a function of for . Variation of edge lengths corresponds to the variation of configurations of minimum energy (CME) for four particles. The regular tetrahedron is characterized by four equal lengths of 1.260.

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FIG. 11.

(Color online) Spindle-like configurations with (A) top view and (B) side view for (1) , , (2) , , (3) , , (4) , .

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FIG. 12.

Spindle-shape crystal observed in the Tohoku laboratory experiment [courtesy of Dr. N. Sato and Dr. S. Iizuka (Ref. 31)].

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FIG. 13.

Spindle-shape configurations. (A) , ; (B) , ; (C) , . Top: side view; bottom: cross-sectional view. The inner structures are characterized by (A) square, (B) octagonal, and (C) hexagonal cross sections.


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Scitation: Configurations of Coulomb clusters in plasma