Rigid-fluid transition in specific-size argon clusters

Mee Y. Hahn, Robert L. Whetten

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Larger argon atomic clusters undergo a size-specific transition from rigid to fluid forms as the cluster temperature is varied. The observed nature of this phase change, detected by measurement of the spectral line shape of a benzene dopant molecule, favors the phase-coexistence model of the cluster melting transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1190-1193
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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