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Strangelets (A tex2html_wrap_inline312 ) and strange nuggets

Strange quark matter in this range is still large enough to be treated as a Fermi gas, but small enough that effects relating to its finite size must be considered. The radius of such a strangelet is approximately 200 fm, which is less than the Compton wavelength of an electron. Unlike bulk strange matter, electrons will not be found within strangelets, but will be found `orbiting' the strangelet as in an atom. As a result, coulomb forces within the strangelet may no longer be neglected. In addition, surface effects must also be considered.

Joshua Holden
Sun May 17 15:37:00 EDT 1998