The random parking of spheres on spheres

Marc L. Mansfield, Leela Rakesh, Donald A. Tomalia

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Given a "target" sphere of radius r1 and "probe" spheres of radius r2, we consider, as a function of r2/r1, how many probe spheres, on average, can be attached to the target sphere if (1) the attachment sites are chosen at random, (2) the probe spheres are not permitted to overlap, and (3) each attachment is irreversible. We also consider two separate extremes for selecting new attachment sites: Each probe sphere is either permitted to diffuse into place from a large distance, or the attachment site is chosen completely at random. Diffusion-controlled attachment produces a slightly higher packing density than completely random attachment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3245-3249
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 22 1996


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