Size-Dependent Electron-Impact Detachment of Internally Cold C n− and A ln− Clusters

A. Diner, Y. Toker, D. Strasser, O. Heber, I. Ben-Itzhak, P.D. Witte, A. Wolf, D. Schwalm, M.L. Rappaport, K.G. Bhushan, D. Zajfman

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The cross sections for electron detachment of internally cold Cn−and Aln−clusters were measured using an electrostatic ion beam trap fitted with an internal electron target. The measured electron-impact detachment cross sections for the Cn−(n=1–9) clusters exhibit even-odd oscillations reflecting the binding energy trend, namely, higher cross sections for weaker binding. Surprisingly, however, these cross sections increase on the average with cluster size, n, in spite of the increase in electron binding. In contrast, the Aln−(n=2–5) clusters follow the known scaling laws for electron detachment. We suggest that the size-dependent polarizability of these clusters is responsible for the observed behavior.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)63402-63402
JournalPhysical Review Letters
StatePublished - 2003


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