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Title

Magic Numbers for Sphere Packings: Experimental Verification in Free Xenon Clusters

Abstract

The existence of magic numbers for atomic microclusters has been found experimentally for the first time. The magic numbers n∗ manifest themselves in the mass spectra of free xenon clusters, nucleated in the gas phase. The observed numbers n∗=13, 55, and 147 coincide with the numbers of spheres required for complete-shell icosahedra. The appearance of further magic numbers (19, 25, 71, and 87) is only partially explained by previous calculations.

Department

Physics

Publication Date

4-10-1981

Journal Title

Physical Review Letters

Publisher

APS Physics

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.47.1121

Document Type

Article

Rights

©1981 American Physical Society

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