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Introduction to Complex Plasmas

Volume 59 of the series Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics pp 155-174

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Structure and Dynamics of Finite Dust Clusters

  • André MelzerAffiliated withInstitut für Physik, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald Email author 
  • , Dietmar BlockAffiliated withInstitut für Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

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Abstract

The structure of matter is widely determined by the action of electrostatic (Coulomb) forces. Systems with only a small number of trapped charge carriers, so-called Coulomb clusters, have a particular charm since their structural and dynamic properties strongly depend on the exact particle number. Dusty plasmas provide a unique possibility to trap, manipulate, and observe dust Coulomb clusters in different confinement geometries with high spatial and temporal resolution.