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Keywords:

  • Phase transitions;
  • finite systems;
  • dusty plasma

Abstract

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)