Abundance of Na cluster ions ejected from a liquid metal ion source

  • Y. Saito
  • K. Minami
  • T. Ishida
  • T. Noda


Sodium cluster ions Na+ n withn ranging up to 25 have been observed from a liquid sodium ion source by using a magnetic mass analyzer. Ion intensity as a function of cluster size showed distinct steps and local maxima atn=3, 5, 11, 13 and 19 (magic numbers), and a pronounced odd-even alternation. The features in the ion abundance curve are attributed to the relative stability of cluster ions. The observed magic numbers are only partially explained by the electronic shell model, indicating need to include a consideration of atomic structure in a cluster.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Saito
    • 1
  • K. Minami
    • 2
  • T. Ishida
    • 2
  • T. Noda
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied PhysicsNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringToyohashi University of TechnologyToyohashiJapan

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