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Title: A configurational study of helium clusters doped with He{sup ∗−} and He{sub 2}{sup ∗−}

Helium clusters doped with electronically excited atomic and molecular helium anions He{sup ∗−} and He{sub 2}{sup ∗−} at T = 0.4 K are studied by means of path integral Monte Carlo calculations. Geometry and energetics of the systems with up to 32 solvating He atoms are characterised. The interactions between the anions and the neutral He atoms have been described by fitting previously reported ab initio points to analytical expressions. The He{sub N}–He{sup ∗−} clusters with N > 6 display a structure defined by a bipyramid which completely solvates the atomic anion, whereas the rest of surrounding He atoms form a dimple around that initial cage. On the contrary, the structures observed for the He{sub N}–He{sub 2}{sup ∗−} clusters clearly show the dopant located outside the helium droplet, thereby confirming the heliophobic character of He{sub 2}{sup ∗−}.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Instituto de Física Fundamental, CSIC, Serrano 123, 28006 Madrid (Spain)
  2. Institute of Ion Physics, The University of Innsbruck, Technikerstr. 25, 6020 Innsbruck, Austriaand Scuola Normale Superiore, Piazza dei Cavalieri 7, 56126 Pisa (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22415501
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 142; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ANIONS; DOPED MATERIALS; DROPLETS; HELIUM; MOLECULAR CLUSTERS; MOLECULAR IONS; MONTE CARLO METHOD; PATH INTEGRALS; SOLVATION; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0000-0013 K