Shell Structure and Response Properties of Metal Clusters

  • W. D. Knight
  • Walt A. de Heer
  • Winston A. Saunders
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Abstract

Electronic shell structure, which was first recognized in sodium clusters, has been observed in alkali and noble metals, as well as in divalent and trivalent metals. Shell structure with modifications is expected to be broadly applicable to most metals. Features in the cluster abundance spectra and in the experimental dipole polarizabilities and ionization potentials correlate well with predictions of electronic level filling in spherical and spheroidal potential wells. The lack of precise quantitative agreement between experiment and theory for the response properties indicates necessary refinements in the self- consistent uniform background jellium model for clusters.

Keywords

Zinc Cadmium Rounded Prolate 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. D. Knight
    • 1
  • Walt A. de Heer
    • 1
  • Winston A. Saunders
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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