Volume 79, Number 6, September 2007
Article Number 63001
Number of page(s) 5
Section Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Published online 03 September 2007
EPL, 79 (2007) 63001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/79/63001

Liquid-drop stability of a superdeformed prolate semi-spheroidal atomic cluster

D. N. Poenaru1, 2, R. A. Gherghescu1, 2, A. V. Solov'yov2 and W. Greiner2

1  Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH) RO-077125 Bucharest-Magurele, Romania
2  Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), J. W. Goethe Universität Max-von-Laue-Str. 1, D-60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

received 4 July 2007; accepted in final form 3 August 2007; published September 2007
published online 3 September 2007

Analytical relationships for the surface and curvature energies of oblate and prolate semi-spheroidal atomic clusters have been obtained. By modifying the cluster shape from a spheroid to a semi-spheroid (including the flat surface of the end cup) the most stable shape was changed from a sphere to a superdeformed prolate semi-spheroid. Potential energy surfaces vs. deformation and the number of atoms, N, illustrate this property independent of N.

36.40.Qv - Stability and fragmentation of clusters.
71.45.-d - Collective effects.
61.46.Bc - Clusters.

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