Free sodium-water clusters: photoionisation studies in a pulsed molecular beam source

  • C. P. Schulz
  • R. Haugstätter
  • H. -U. Tittes
  • I. V. Hertel


Neutral Na·(H2O) n clusters are studied by near-uv one-photon ionisation and time-of-flight mass spectroscopy. The clusters are formed in a “pickup source” by injection of a beam of Na atoms into the expansion zone of a pulsed nozzle beam of water vapour seeded into an argon carrier gas. The performance of this novel technique for studying cold aggregates of potentially reactive species is discussed in detail. The photoion efficiency (PIE) spectrum of the monomer near its ionisation threshold (4.379(2) eV) shows a rich structure. Vibrational frequencies of the ion can be deduced and some indication of molecular Rydberg states is seen. Ionisation potentials for larger clusters and the binding energies of the neutral clusters up ton=5 are reported.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. P. Schulz
    • 1
  • R. Haugstätter
    • 1
  • H. -U. Tittes
    • 1
  • I. V. Hertel
    • 1
  1. 1.Sonderforschungsbereich 337 der Freien Universität Berlin and Fakultät für Physik der Universität FreiburgFreiburgFederal Republic of Germany

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