Photoabsorption and photofragmentation studies of Ar+n cluster ions

Levinger, Nancy E.; Ray, Douglas; Alexander, Michael L.; Lineberger, W. C.
November 1988
Journal of Chemical Physics;11/1/1988, Vol. 89 Issue 9, p5654
Academic Journal
We have measured the photoabsorption spectra of mass selected Ar+n clusters, n=3–40, from 355–1064 nm. The smaller clusters, n<15, display a visible photoabsorption spectrum similar to Ar+3, i.e., a broad, intense band peaking near 520 nm. From n=15–20 this photoabsorption band shifts smoothly to a longer wavelength, peaking near 600 nm for Ar+20. This band does not change appreciably as n increases from 20 to 40. These results clearly demonstrate that the Ar+n clusters have photophysical properties quite different from those of Ar+2. We have also studied the photoabsorption and subsequent photofragmentation of Ar+n cluster ions, n=3–60, at selected visible wavelengths. The ionic photofragment distributions both indicate that photofragmentation proceeds through the loss of individual Ar atoms and place an upper bound of 90 meV on the cluster ion binding energy in the large cluster limit.


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