Stability of a charged drop having the form of a triaxial ellipsoid
The stability of a highly charged, isolated conductive drop is analyzed within the principle of minimum potential energy of a closed system. A treatment of the stability of drops of ellipsoidal shape shows that both spherical drops and drops having an oblate spheroidal shape experience instability at sufficiently large charges according to a single scheme, i.e., they deform to a prolate spheroid.
KeywordsPotential Energy Closed System Prolate Ellipsoidal Shape Prolate Spheroid
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