Ground state of classical bilayer Wigner crystals

L. Samaj 1, 2, E. Trizac 2

Europhysics Letters 98 (2012) 36004

We study the ground state structure of electronic-like bilayers, where different phases compete upon changing the inter-layer separation or particle density. New series representations with exceptional convergence properties are derived for the exact Coulombic energies under scrutiny. The complete phase transition scenario --including critical phenomena-- can subsequently be worked out in detail, thereby unifying a rather scattered or contradictory body of literature, hitherto plagued by the inaccuracies inherent to long range interaction potentials.

  • 1. Institute of Physics,
    Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • 2. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI - Paris Sud