Thomson Problem Solutions
In the Thomson problem, point charges are placed on the surface of a unit sphere in such a way as to minimize the total energy of the system. These solutions place each point so that its nearest neighbors are as far away as possible.[more]
This Demonstration uses precalculated data from , which represents many years of research and optimization. Officially, the problem is only solved for 1 to 6 and 12 points; all other solutions are considered "best known." For code that solves the Thomson problem, see the Related Links.[less]
 D. J. Wales and S. Ulker. "Global Minima for the Thomson Problem." (Jan 4, 2016) www-wales.ch.cam.ac.uk/~wales/CCD/Thomson/table.html.
 Wikipedia. "Thomson Problem," (Jan 4, 2016) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomson_problem.