Phase diagram of a dusty plasma

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We show that dipole-dipole interactions induced by gravitational force and possibly ion-stream drag force give rise to stable triangular and oriented cubic crystalline structures recently observed in a dusty plasma, as opposed to only unoriented cubic close-packed structures usually expected of Wigner crystals. In certain cases the dipole interaction may flatten the crystal significantly. We calculate the phase diagrams of the crystals and analyze and explain some of their features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7805-7808
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997

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