Statistical thermodynamics of the cluster solid-liquid transition

Pierre Labastie, Robert L. Whetten

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A direct connection between the solid-liquid transition in atomic clusters and the macroscopic phase transition is established through analysis of the size scaling of the latent heat and transition rounding. The transition occurs without phase separation, leading to remarkable consequences in caloric experiments. These features are all quantified through the characteristic shape of the classical state density, computed by a new Monte Carlo method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1567-1570
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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