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Title: Dopant-induced solvation of alkalis in liquid helium nanodroplets
Authors: Renzler, M.
Daxner, M.
Kranabetter, L.
Kaiser, A.
Hauser, A. W.
Ernst, W. E.
Lindinger, A.
Zillich, R.
Scheier, P.
Ellis, Andrew M.
First Published: 8-Nov-2016
Publisher: AIP Publishing
Citation: Journal of Chemical Physics, 145, 181101 (2016)
Abstract: Alkali metal atoms and small alkali clusters are classic heliophobes and when in contact with liquid helium they reside in a dimple on the surface. Here we show that alkalis can be induced to submerge into liquid helium when a highly polarizable co-solute, C60, is added to a helium nanodroplet. Evidence is presented that shows that all sodium clusters, and probably single Na atoms, enter the helium droplet in the presence of C60. Even clusters of cesium, an extreme heliophobe, dissolve in liquid helium when C60 is added. The sole exception is atomic Cs, which remains at the surface.
DOI Link: 10.1063/1.4967405
ISSN: 0021-9606
eISSN: 1089-7690
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
Description: See supplementary material for experimental data for (C60)N (N = 1-6) in combination with atomic Cs and small Csn clusters, as well as details on the DFT calculations performed in this work.
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