Phase Transitions of Finite Dust Clusters in Dusty Plasmas



Phase transitions of finite systems of charged microspheres trapped in a gaseous discharge plasma in twodimensional and three-dimensional arrangements are investigated. Novel experimental techniques to drive phase transitions in these dust clusters as well as advanced theoretical concepts to quantitatively characterize these transitions are presented (© 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)