Stability effects of AunXm+ (X=Cu, Al, Y, In) clusters

Wim Bouwen, Frederik Vanhoutte, Florin Despa, Steven Bouckaert, Sven Neukermans, Luise Theil Kuhn, Horst Weidele, Peter Lievens, Roger E. Silverans

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Bimetallic AunXm clusters (X=Cu, Al, Y, In) have been produced by a dual-target dual-laser vaporization source. Following multiphoton absorption the stability patterns resulting from fragmentation are investigated by time-of-flight mass abundance spectrometry. AunCum+ clusters exhibit the same electronic shell effects as Aun+. Different abundance patterns are observed for AunAl1+ compared to AunY1+ or AunIn1+. The patterns are related to the magic numbers of the electronic shell model for clusters. The differences between the bimetallic clusters are interpreted in terms of different cluster geometries dependent on the nature of the dopant atoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-233
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 3 1999

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Funding Information:
This work is financially supported by the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders (Belgium) (FWO), the Flemish Concerted Action (GOA) Research Program and the Interuniversity Poles of Attraction (IUAP) Program – Belgian State, Prime Minister's Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs. W.B. thanks the Flemish Institute for Scientific-Technological Research (IWT) for financial support. L.T.K. thanks the Danish Research Council (SNF). P.L. is Postdoctoral Researcher of the FWO.

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  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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