Melting in Clusters

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Science  12 Sep 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5332, pp. 1619
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5332.1619

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Recent experiments have shown that small particles with diameters in the nanometer range can melt at temperatures much lower than those for bulk matter. In his Perspective, Bertsch reviews the experimental and theoretical efforts to understand this phenomenon.