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Communication: Delayed asymmetric Coulomb fission of molecular clusters: Application of a dielectric liquid-drop model.

By Guohua Wu, Xiaojing Chen, Anthony J Stace and Per Linse


Delayed asymmetric Coulomb fission in size-selected molecular dication clusters has been recorded for the first time. Observations on (NH(3))(n) (2+) clusters show that fragmentation accompanied by charge separation can occur on a microsecond time scale, exhibits considerable asymmetry, and involves a kinetic energy release of ∼0.9 eV. The fission process has been modeled by representing the fragments as charged dielectric spheres and the calculated maximum in the electrostatic interaction energy between the fragments gives a good account of the measured kinetic energy release. A simple kinetic model shows that instrumental factors may contribute to the observation of asymmetric fragmentation

Topics: Physical Chemistry
Publisher: 'AIP Publishing'
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1063/1.3544211
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