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Phase Transitions in Two-Dimensional Complex Plasmas


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Christina A. Knapek
    Pages 1-5
  3. Christina A. Knapek
    Pages 7-17
  4. Christina A. Knapek
    Pages 19-30
  5. Christina A. Knapek
    Pages 31-46
  6. Christina A. Knapek
    Pages 47-67
  7. Christina A. Knapek
    Pages 69-77
  8. Christina A. Knapek
    Pages 79-122
  9. Christina A. Knapek
    Pages 123-125
  10. Christina A. Knapek
    Pages 151-156
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 157-158

About this book


The two experimental studies reported in this thesis contribute important new knowledge about phase transitions in two-dimensional complex plasmas: in one case a determination of the coupling parameter (ratio of mean potential to mean kinetic energy of the particles in an ensemble), and in the other a detailed characterization of the non-equilibrium recrystallization of a two-dimensional system. The latter results are used to establish the connection between structural order parameters and the kinetic energy, which in turn gives novel insights into the underlying physical processes determining the two-dimensional phase transition.


2D phase transition Complex plasma Coupling parameter Frenkel theory Strongly coupled system non-equilibrium phase transition non-equilibrium recrystallization prizewinning thesis strongly coupled system two-dimensional complex plasmas

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterr.PhysikGarchingGermany

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