Quantum mechanics and phase transitions in small noble-gas clusters
Z. Phys. D 9 (4), 343-349, December 1988
Submitted to Cluster Science: 11 December 2009
Last Update: 6 January 2011

10.1007/BF01436942
OA Status: unknown

Abstract

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.

Classifications

Document Type theoretical
Research Field Thermodynamics and Phase Transitions
PACS 36.40