Ionization energies of argon clusters: A combined experimental and theoretical study
We have measured appearance energies of Ar-n(+), n <= 30, by electron impact of gas phase clusters. Quantum-chemical calculations have been performed to determine the adiabatic and vertical ionization energies of argon clusters up to n=4 and 6, respectively. The experimental appearance energy of the dimer ion approaches, under suitable cluster source conditions, the adiabatic ionization energy. The agreement with values obtained by photoionization and threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence (TPEPICO) spectra demonstrates that autoionizing Rydberg states are accessible by electron impact. Appearance energies of larger clusters, though, exceed the TPEPICO values by about 0.5 eV. (c) 2005 American Institute of Physics.
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The following article appeared in J. Chem. Phys. 123, 084313 (2005); doi: 10.1063/1.2006095 and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2006095.
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