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We consider in the present paper the quantum-mechanical effects on the equilibrium and dynamical behavior of low-temperature rare-gas clusters. Using a combination of ground-state and finite-temperature Monte Carlo methods, we examine the properties of small (2-7particles) neon clusters. We find that the magnitude of the equilibrium quantum-mechanical effects in these systems is significant. The present studies also suggest that the low-temperature dynamics of these rare-gas systems is appreciably nonclassical.

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© 1991 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Rick, Steven W., D. L. Leitner, J. D. Doll, David L. Freeman and D. D. Frantz. ʺThe Quantum Mechanics of Clusters: The Low-Temperature Equilibrium and Dynamical Behavior of Rare-Gas Systems.ʺ Journal of Chemical Physics. 95(9):6658-6667. 1991 and may be found at