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Global potential-energy surface for surface-charged clusters

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Abstract

We confirm the fission-barrier heights for surface-charged droplets obtained in earlier work within a very differently defined shape class. In addition we show that the Rayleigh-Taylor instability which occurs for spherical droplets for fissilities x > 1 is already seen for x = 0.9 in spheroids with sufficiently large eccentricity. We finally present an analytic formula for the electrostatic energy of two touching, surface-charged, conducting droplets.

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Pashkevich, V., Krappe, H. & Wehner, J. Global potential-energy surface for surface-charged clusters. Z Phys D - Atoms, Molecules and Clusters 40, 338–340 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1007/s004600050222

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