Date: 21 Dec 2000

Fun with Hard Spheres

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Thermostatistical properties of hard sphere and hard disk systems are discussed. In particular we focus on phase transitions such as freezing in the thermodynamic limit. Results based on theory and computer simulations are given. It is emphasized that suspensions of sterically-stabilized colloids represent excellent realizations of the hard sphere model. Finally a survey of current research activities for hard sphere systems is presented and some recent results are summarized.