The densest binary sphere packings have historically been very difficult to determine. The only rigorously known packings in the α-x plane of sphere radius ratio α and relative concentration x are at the Kepler limit α=1, where packings are monodisperse. Utilizing an implementation of the Torquato-Jiao sphere-packing algorithm, we present the most comprehensive determination to date of the phase diagram in (α,x) for the densest binary sphere packings. Unexpectedly, we find many distinct new densest packings.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)