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We present here prototype studies of the effects of quantum mechanics on the melting of clusters. Using equilibrium path integral methods, we examine the melting transition for small rare gas clusters. Argon and neon clusters are considered. We find the quantum-mechanical effects on melting and coexistence properties of small neon clusters to be appreciable.

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© 1989 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 T.L. Beck, J.D. Doll and D.L. Freeman, “The Quantum Mechanics of Cluster Melting,” Journal of Chemical Physics, 90, 5651 (1989) and may be found at