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Structure of strongly coupled, multi-component plasmas

By Kathrin Wünsch, P. Hilse, M. Schlanges and Dirk O. Gericke

Abstract

We investigate the short-range structure in strongly coupled fluidlike plasmas using the hypernetted chain approach generalized to multicomponent systems. Good agreement with numerical simulations validates this method for the parameters considered. We found a strong mutual impact on the spatial arrangement for systems with multiple ion species which is most clearly pronounced in the static structure factor. Quantum pseudopotentials were used to mimic diffraction and exchange effects in dense electron-ion systems. We demonstrate that the different kinds of pseudopotentials proposed lead to large differences in both the pair distributions and structure factors. Large discrepancies were also found in the predicted ion feature of the x-ray scattering signal, illustrating the need for comparison with full quantum calculations or experimental verification

Topics: QC
Publisher: American Physical Society
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:1502

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