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Physics and Chemistry of Small Clusters

pp 145-149

Alkali Clusters: Structure, Stability, Large Amplitude Motion and Chemical Properties

  • Manfred M. KappesAffiliated withInstitute of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, University of Bern
  • , Martin SchärAffiliated withInstitute of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, University of Bern
  • , Chanan YeretzianAffiliated withInstitute of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, University of Bern
  • , Ulrich HeizAffiliated withInstitute of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, University of Bern
  • , Arthur VayloyanAffiliated withInstitute of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, University of Bern
  • , Ernst SchumacherAffiliated withInstitute of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, University of Bern

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Abstract

Extensive measurements of ionisation potentials and relative thermodynamic stabilities for pure alkali and alkali/heteroatom species have provided much data pertinent to the electronic structure of simple metal clusters. Due to poorly characterised internal temperatures, an understanding of the relative magnitude of electronic versus geometric structure effects remains tenuous. Particle specific studies of chemical reactivity are ongoing.