PHOTOFRAGMENTATION SPECTROSCOPY OF CARBON AND NIOBIUM CLUSTERS IN A REFLECTRON TIME-OF-FLIGHT MASS SPECTROMETER
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Publisher:Ohio State University
Clusters are aggregates of atoms ranging in size between a few and several thousand atoms. As such, they constitute the transition between individual atoms and molecules; bulk solids and liquids. The reflectron time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer provides a means of investigating the size dependence of the optical properties of these species. Cluster cations of metals and carbon are produced in a laser vaporization source, and separated according to their mass in a initial linear time-of-flight stage. The cluster of interest is then fragmented with a YAG pumped dye laser, after wha reflectron TOF stagemeasures the mass and intensity othe resulting specie(s). Photofragment distributions, and power studies of carbon and niobium clusters, and the multiphoton dissociation spectrum of cooled niobium dimer cations are presented.
Author Institution: Department of Chemistry and Center for Analysis of Structure and Interfaces (CASI); Department of Chemistry, North Dakota State University
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