Photodissociation of mono- and di-anionic tin clusters★
Institute of Physics, University of Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany
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Received in final form: 27 March 2020
Published online: 25 June 2020
Negatively charged tin clusters offer a broad range of decay products, as observed after electron-cluster interactions [S. König, M. Wolfram, S. Bandelow, G. Marx, L. Schweikhard, Eur. Phys. J. D 72, 153 (2018)]. To get further insight into their decay pathways, size and charge-state selected clusters Snn- and Snn2- were photo-excited at the ClusterTrap setup by 532 nm Nd:YAG laser pulses. For small mono-anionic precursor clusters containing up to n ≃ 45 atoms, Snn-7- and Snn-10- are observed as preferred ionic fragments. For bigger clusters a transition to neutral monomer evaporation was found. In the case of di-anionic precursors, preferred decay products are Sn10- and Snn-10-, indicating fission similar to the case of the group 14 neighbor element lead [S. König, A. Jankowski, G. Marx, L. Schweikhard, M. Wolfram, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 163001 (2018)]. Furthermore, doubly charged fragment clusters such as Snn-72- are observed, originating from break-off of neutral heptamers Sn7, a behavior which has not been observed previously for di-anionic clusters.
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