Thu March 24th 2011
HR W121
Journal Club Thin colloidal films: Triangles or Squares?
Alvaro Marin


As Napoleon knew, the best way to arrange cannonballs is in a Hexagonal Close Packing structure. However, there are situations in which other configurations are more favorable (for both cannonballs and colloidal particles!). I will explain which situations are these, demonstrate that they are indeed more compact than the HCP, and show you that these features are found in other type of systems.

Pawel Pieranski et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 50, 12 (1983) and B. Pansu et al., J. Physique 45 (1984).
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