Quantum mechanics and phase transitions in small noble-gas clusters

  • G. Franke
  • E. Hilf
  • L. Polley


The quantum-statistical properties of Argon clusters are calculated applying a Path-Integral Monte-Carlo (PIMC) method. Results for pair correlation functions and kinetic-and configurational energy expectations for various cluster sizes and temperatures are presented. Physical phenomena such as ground-state kinetic energy and quantum admixture of different atomic configurations are studied and experiences with the method are given. In particular, the relation between metastable cluster states and phase transitions is discussed.




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  • G. Franke
    • 1
  • E. Hilf
    • 1
  • L. Polley
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich PhysikUniversität OldenburgOldenburgGermany

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