The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 127–141 | Cite as

Structure and dynamics of cationic van-der-Waals clusters

II. Dynamics of protonated argon clusters
  • T. Ritschel
  • Ch. Zuhrt
  • L. ZülickeEmail author
  • P. J. Kuntz
Clusters and Nanostructures


A diatomics-in-molecules (DIM) model with ab-initio input data, which in part I successfully described the structure and bonding properties of protonated argon clusters ArnH+, is used here to investigate some aspects of the dynamics of such aggregates for n up to 30. The simple triatomic ionic fragment, Ar2H+, is studied in some detail with respect to normal vibrations, characteristics of classical intramolecular dynamics as reflected in the Fourier spectra of dynamical variables, and accurate quantum states of the vibrational motion. For larger clusters ArnH+ (n ≤30), the normal vibrational frequencies (and displacement eigenvectors) are calculated and related to the cluster structure. In addition, the Fourier spectra are analyzed with respect to their variation with changing internal energy and cluster size. As expected, the clusters show some floppy character. Even a little vibrational excitation can lead to internal rearrangement and to Ar-atom evaporation from the clusters; this is studied in more detail for one small complex (n = 3). Electronic excitation to one of the low-lying excited states, which are all globally repulsive, leads to complete fragmentation (atomization) of the clusters. A variety of conceivable elementary collision processes involving protonated argon clusters are discussed. Some of these may play a role in the gas-phase formation of medium-sized ArnH+ aggregates.


36.40.Wa Charged clusters 36.40.Qv Stability and fragmentation of clusters 36.40.Jn Reactivity of clusters 36.40.Mr Spectroscopy and geometrical structure of clusters 34.30.+h Intramolecular energy transfer; intramolecular dynamics; dynamics of van der Waals molecules 34.50.-s Scattering of atoms and molecules 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Ritschel
    • 1
  • Ch. Zuhrt
    • 1
  • L. Zülicke
    • 1
    Email author
  • P. J. Kuntz
    • 2
  1. 1.Universität Potsdam, Institut für ChemieGolmGermany
  2. 2.Hahn-Meitner-InstitutBerlinGermany

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