Fission of highly charged alkali metal clusters

  • U. Näher
  • S. Frank
  • N. Malinowski
  • U. Zimmermann
  • T. P. Martin
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Highly charged metal clusters can be easily produced using the technique of multi-step photoionization. The critical sizes at which fission occurs are reported here for alkali metal clusters having charges as high as + 7. An interpretation within the framework of the liquid droplet model reveals that the fission process is strongly asymmetric and thermally activated.


Metal Cluster Shell Correction Charged Cluster Fission Process Fission Barrier 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Näher
    • 1
  • S. Frank
    • 1
  • N. Malinowski
    • 1
  • U. Zimmermann
    • 1
  • T. P. Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für FestkörperforschungStuttgartGermany

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