Surface melting characteristics and the finite size melting point depression are derived to leading order. The Lindemann index is defined and illustrated with a numerical simulation. A simple model of melting is presented and the consequences for the properties of the solid-liquid transition for finite particles are derived. The results are compared with numerical simulations of Lennard-Jones clusters.


Heat Capacity Level Density Heat Bath Surface Melting Free Energy Difference 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Klavs Hansen
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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