Accession Number:

ADA179930

Title:

Configurations of Charges on a Sphere.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. Nov 85-Sep 86,

Corporate Author:

CHEMICAL RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

We studied the configurations of mechanical equilibrium for objects that are confined to the surface of a sphere and interact with one another via a Coulomb force. New configurations are obtained when the number of objects varies between 17 and 36. These configurations and others from the published literature are analyzed and classified according to their symmetry. The degree of symmetry has a semiquantitative relationship with the interaction energy. The relationship of this problem to surface problems of aerosols and the configuration of agglomerates is briefly discussed. Keywords Spherical, charge distribution, Spherical surface, configurations, Spherical packing, Charged droplet, Coulomb, interaction.

Subject Categories:

  • Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE