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Published September 1, 1980 | public
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Shape parametrization for liquid-drop studies


We present a new method for defining axially symmetric shapes which is particularly appropriate for describing elongated and multineck configurations. This shape parametrization is used to describe the static properties of incompressible, charged liquid drops. In particular, we calculate the properties of binary-fission saddle points and compare these with results using other methods. We also present the geometrical properties and normal mode analyses of the two-and three-necked saddle-point families.

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©1980 The American Physical Society. Received 6 November 1979. This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grants Nos. PHY77-21602 and PHY76-83685 and the U.S. Department of Energy. One of the authors (S.E.K.) gratefully acknowledges support by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


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