, Volume 90, Issue 5, pp 332-335,
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Date: 17 Nov 2009

On the determination of the particle interaction potential in a dusty plasma from a pair correlation function


The effect of confinement on the pair correlation function of microparticles whose interaction is described by a screened Coulomb potential (Yukawa potential) has been investigated by the molecular dynamics simulations. The data are used to solve the inverse problem of the reconstruction of the particle interaction potential. It has been shown that such a reconstruction is likely impossible for a strongly nonideal system (with the coupling parameter Γ > 1). For systems with Γ ≤ 1, reconstruction is possible if confinement does not lead to the strong inhomogeneity of the system of microparticles.

Original Russian Text © E.M. Apfelbaum, B.A. Klumov, A.G. Khrapak, G.E. Morfill, 2009, published in Pis’ma v Zhurnal Éksperimental’noĭ i Teoreticheskoĭ Fiziki, 2009, Vol. 90, No. 5, pp. 374–378.