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Title: On the existence of vapor-liquid phase transition in dusty plasmas

The phenomenon of phase transition in a dusty-plasma system (DPS) has attracted some attention in the past. Earlier Farouki and Hamaguchi [J. Chem. Phys. 101, 9876 (1994)] have demonstrated the existence of a liquid to solid transition in DPS where the dust particles interact through a Yukawa potential. However, the question of the existence of a vapor-liquid (VL) transition in such a system remains unanswered and relatively unexplored so far. We have investigated this problem by performing extensive molecular dynamics simulations which show that the VL transition does not have a critical curve in the pressure versus volume diagram for a large range of the Yukawa screening parameter κ and the Coulomb coupling parameter Γ. Thus, the VL phase transition is found to be super-critical, meaning that this transition is continuous in the dusty plasma model given by Farouki and Hamaguchi. We provide an approximate analytic explanation of this finding by means of a simple model calculation.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428, Gujarat (India)
  2. Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22299732
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; APPROXIMATIONS; DIAGRAMS; DUSTS; LIQUIDS; MOLECULAR DYNAMICS METHOD; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; PLASMA; VAPORS; YUKAWA POTENTIAL