Volume 85, Number 4, February 2009
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Physics of Gases, Plasmas and Electric Discharges|
|Published online||04 March 2009|
Fluid phase separation in binary complex plasmas
Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics - 85741 Garching, Germany, EU
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 29 January 2009
We show that the asymmetry in the interactions between particles of different sizes stimulates a fluid phase separation in binary complex plasmas. This remarkable property is revealed irrespective of the particular form of the interaction potential. The regime of the spinodal decomposition is easily achievable for typical experimental conditions, which suggests that binary complex plasmas could be an ideal model system to study atomistic dynamics accompanying fluid phase transitions and associated phenomena, such as surface tension effects, critical behavior, etc.
PACS: 52.27.Lw – Dusty or complex plasmas; plasma crystals / 64.75.Cd – Phase equilibria of fluid mixtures, including gases, hydrates, etc.
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