Recrystallization of a 2D Plasma Crystal

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A phase transition in a complex plasma can be induced by several mechanisms, e.g. laser induced heating of the crystal [1, 2, 3, 4], changing of plasma parameters (pressure change, rf power changes) [5, 6, 7], or electric manipulation [8, 9]. Either a crystalline system can be melted and thus brought into a liquid or gaseous state, or the other direction, i.e. the recrystallization of a unordered system can be investigated. In any case, the process has to be observed at a high temporal resolution to obtain dynamical properties, and a good spatial resolution to derive the structural properties mentioned in the last chapter in theoretical models, and to compare them.


Particle Temperature Pair Correlation Function Complex Plasma Linear Decay Defect Fraction 
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial PhysicsGarchingGermany

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