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Thesis Objectives

This thesis entailed development of a molecular dynamics simulation with which to investigate the behavior of charged particles in electromagnetic traps. The primary objectives of the molecular dynamics simulation--- beyond the obvious goals of accuracy, stability, and speed--- were: (1) to develop an interactive, user-friendly simulation capable of modeling and exploring behaviors of electromagnetically trapped particles; (2) to keep the simulation as general as possible so that many phenomena could be explored and so that the dimensionality of the simulation was not altered through simplifying assumptions which might distort, for example, the nature of phase transitions; (3) to enable investigation of interesting physics, some of which is relatively unexplored or subject to dispute among different research groups.

The following points of interest were investigated using the simulation:

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Wolfgang Christian
Fri May 12 10:36:01 EDT 1995