Blackbody-induced radiative dissociation of cationic SF6 clusters

Y. Toker, Igor Rahinov, Dirk Schwalm, Uzi Even, Oded Heber, M. L. Rappaport, Daniel Strasser, Daniel Zajfman

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The stability of cationic SF5+(SF6)(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 SF6 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 SF6-based clusters.
Original languageEnglish
Article number023202
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
StatePublished - 20 Aug 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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