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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.



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