Trianionic gold clusters
School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0430, USA
2 Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, D-55099 Mainz, Germany
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Published online: 15 September 2001
Using Penning-trap experiments and a shell-correction method incorporating ellipsoidal shape deformations, we investigate the formation and stability patterns of trianionic gold clusters. Theory and experiment are in remarkable agreement concerning appearance sizes and electronic shell effects. In contrast to multiply cationic clusters, decay of the trianionic gold clusters occurs primarily via electron autodetachment and tunneling through a Coulomb barrier, rather than via fission.
PACS: 36.40.Wa – Charged clusters / 36.40.Qv – Stability and fragmentation of clusters / 36.40.Cg – Electronic and magnetic properties of clusters
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2001