Prediction of lowest-energy orientation

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    alpha > 0 (large h compared to R):
    Like the shown graph of the case where alpha=1, the quadrupole energy contribution is minimal when the dumbell is parallel to the z-axis

    alpha < 0 (large R compared to h):
    the sign changes en thus the contribution is minimal when the dumbell is perpendicular to the z-axis

    alpha = 0:
    No quadrupole contribution to the potential energy

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