Volume 86, Number 2, April 2009
Article Number 28002
Number of page(s) 5
Section Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology
Published online 29 April 2009
EPL, 86 (2009) 28002
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/86/28002

Crystalline multilayers of the confined Yukawa system

E. C. Oğuz, R. Messina and H. Löwen

Institut für Theoretische Physik II: Weiche Materie, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf Universitätsstraße 1, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany

received 9 January 2009; accepted in final form 19 March 2009; published April 2009
published online 29 April 2009

The phase diagram of Yukawa particles confined between two parallel hard walls is calculated at zero temperature beyond the bilayer regime by lattice-sum-minimization. Tuning the screening, a rich phase behavior is found in the regime bounded by stable two triangular layers and three square layers. In this regime, alternating prism phases with square and triangular basis, structures derived from a hcp bulk lattice, and a structure with two outer layers and two inner staggered rectangular layers, reminiscent of a Belgian waffle iron, are stable. These structures are verifiable in experiments on charged colloidal suspensions and dusty plasma sheets.

82.70.Dd - Colloids.
64.70.K- - Solid-solid transitions.

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