Multiple occupancy crystals formed by purely repulsive soft particles


Journal Article

Recently, particular interest has been placed in the study of a strikingly counter-intuitive phenomenon: the clustering of purely repulsive soft particles. This contribution serves the purpose of both reviewing our current understanding of the multiple occupancy crystals and presenting details of recently developed tailor-cut approaches to the problem. We first indicate, by use of analytically tractable examples, how such a phenomenon can arise at all. We then show that the thermodynamic formalism has to be adapted when studying such systems and present a novel computer simulation technique apt to do so. Finally, we discuss the intriguing mechanical and structural responses of such systems upon increasing the density. © 2008 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mladek, BM; Charbonneau, P; Likos, CN; Frenkel, D; Kahl, G

Published Date

  • December 10, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 49

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1361-648X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0953-8984

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1088/0953-8984/20/49/494245

Citation Source

  • Scopus