- Published on 24 July 2019
Recent years have witnessed the rapid and extensive development of experimental, theoretical and computational methods for the analysis of structure and dynamics of atomic, molecular and biomolecular cluster systems of various degree of complexity. This has enabled studying properties of cluster systems on the atomistic level, thus providing a better understanding of the transition from a single atom or molecule to the solid state limit. Structural and dynamical properties of cluster systems are commonly studied by means of photonic, electronic and atomic collisions, while more recent approaches include also the employment of intense radiation sources such as free electron lasers.
The EPJD topical issue “Atomic Cluster Collisions (2019)” intends to gather the most recent results, both at the fundamental level of elementary mechanisms and at a more applied level, which are produced in this area by the international community. The topical issue thus aims to provide a state-of-the-art description of what is being done in the field of structure formation and dynamics of atomic and molecular clusters, nano-objects, ensembles of nanoparticles, nanostructures, biomolecules and biomolecular systems.
This field covers many different types of nanosystems, including weakly bound van der Waals clusters, metallic clusters, functionalized nanoparticles, nanodroplets, fullerenes and carbon clusters, hydrocarbons, gas-phase and nanosolvated biomolecules and biomolecular clusters. Various processes involving these systems are explored, such as spectroscopic and collisional processes of excited molecules in the gas phase; production of charged cluster ions; electron impact ionization of clusters; Coulomb explosion; high harmonic generation; photon, electron and ion irradiation; collision-induced phase transitions involving atomic clusters, nanoparticles and biomolecules.
The authors are asked to submit their work in the usual form of an original contribution to the European Physical Journal D, indicating their wish to appear in the Topical issue “Atomic Cluster Collisions (2019)” and also choosing which of the editors in charge they wish to be receiving their contribution.
Web submission is encouraged via: https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjd/
Scientific Editors of this topical issue:
Alexey Verkhovtsev (MBN Research Center, Frankfurt am Main, Germany), Pablo de Vera (MBN Research Center, Frankfurt am Main, Germany), Nigel J. Mason (University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom), Andrey V. Solov’yov (MBN Research Center, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)