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Internal dynamics of atomic clusters
Author(s): Robert L. Whetten; Mee Y. Hahn; K. E. Schriver
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Paper Abstract

The combined application of supersonic jet methods and laser spectroscopic techniques has created an outpouring of experimental studies of the internal dynamics of atomic clusters. This article reviews highlights of this work for the special case of metal atomic clusters. Examples include the dynamical Jahn-Teller effect in X3 systems (X = Na, Cu), and analogous effects (shape isomerization) in larger Group I clusters. Certain "magic" metal clusters with closed electron shells are of special interest, because semiclassical descriptions of their interatomic motions may be valid. Finally, we comment on the metal evaporative cooling processes, using analogies to ongoing molecular cluster work.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1987
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0742, Laser Applications to Chemical Dynamics, (1 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.966916
Show Author Affiliations
Robert L. Whetten, University of California (United States)
Mee Y. Hahn, University of California (United States)
K. E. Schriver, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0742:
Laser Applications to Chemical Dynamics
Mostafa A. El-Sayed, Editor(s)

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