The ground states of drops of spin-polarized liquid containing 56, 84, and 120 atoms are calculated with the variational Monte Carlo method using wave functions containing pair, triplet, and backflow correlations. The calculated energies of these drops are higher by ∼0.2 K per atom than those of drops of unpolarized liquid . The results also indicate that the equilibrium density of liquid is larger than that of unpolarized by ∼5%, and that the thickness of its surface is smaller.
- Received 15 March 1989
- Published in the issue dated 1 July 1989
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