Blackbody-induced radiative dissociation of cationic SF 6 clusters

Y. Toker*, I. Rahinov, D. Schwalm, U. Even, O. Heber, M. L. Rappaport, D. Strasser, D. Zajfman

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The stability of cationic SF 5 +(SF 6) n-1 clusters was investigated by measuring their blackbody-induced radiative dissociation (BIRD) rates. The clusters were produced in a supersonic expansion ion source and stored in an electrostatic ion-beam trap at room temperature, where their abundances and lifetimes were measured. Using the "master equation" approach, relative binding energies of an SF 6 unit in the clusters could be extracted from the storage-time dependence of the survival probabilities. The results allow for a deeper insight into the effect of a localized charge on the structure and stability of SF 6-based clusters.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number023202
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 20 Aug 2012


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