Minimal-energy clusters of hard spheres
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- Sloane, N.J.A., Hardin, R.H., Duff, T.D.S. et al. Discrete & Computational Geometry (1995) 14: 237. doi:10.1007/BF02570704
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What is the tightest packing ofN equal nonoverlapping spheres, in the sense of having minimal energy, i.e., smallest second moment about the centroid? The putatively optimal arrangements are described forN≤32. A number of new and interesting polyhedra arise.