Volume 75, Number 4, August 2006
|Page(s)||631 - 637|
|Section||Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology|
|Published online||07 July 2006|
On the connected-charges Thomson problem
Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics University of Ljubljana - SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
2 University of California at Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
3 Department of Theoretical Physics, J. Stefan Institute - SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Accepted: 22 June 2006
We investigate the modifications brought about by the linear connectivity among charges in the classical Thomson problem. Instead of packing with local hexagonal order interspersed with topological defects, we find charge distributions with helical symmetry wound around the surface of the sphere. This finding should have repercussions in the viral packing and macroion adsorption theories.
PACS: 82.70.Dd – Colloids / 82.35.Rs – Polyelectrolytes / 82.45.Gj – Electrolytes
© EDP Sciences, 2006
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