The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 53–60 | Cite as

Growth of gas phase nanoparticles with an accretion mechanism

  • P. Feiden
  • J. Stehlé
  • J. LeygnierEmail author
Clusters and Nanostructures


Nano-droplet growth in a supersaturated vapor has been investigated in a gas aggregation source using laser-ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. During its propagation into an atomic vapor, a small particle grows by sticking atoms on its surface. This accretion process has been highlighted through the clustering of homogeneous particles Mn and heterogeneous Mn(M2O) and Mn(MOH)2 particles in a metallic vapor and a helium buffer gas (M = Na or K). A modelization is introduced so as to connect the measured cluster mass distributions to the pertinent physical parameters. The mass distribution width is particularly sensitive to the efficiency of the first steps in the growth sequence. We used this property to compare the ability of this vapor-condensed matter phase transition to occur around various homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation seeds.


36.40.-c Atomic and molecular clusters 


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  1. 1.Laboratoire Aimé Cotton, CNRSOrsay CedexFrance

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