Electron Attachment to (H 2O) 2Ar n Clusters

M. K. Tsai, F. Wang, K. D. Jordan*

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The neutral and negatively charged (H 2O) 2Ar n, n = 1-14, clusters are investigated theoretically by use of a polarizable model potential together, in the case of the anionic clusters, with a Drude-model approach to incorporate dispersion interactions between the excess electron and the argon atoms and water molecules. The (H 2O) 2Ar 11 and (H 2O) 2 -Ar 12 clusters are predicted to be "magic numbers", with their high stability being a result of their global minima adopting icosahedral-like structures. On the basis of these results, a mechanism for formation of the anions is proposed. In addition, the rapid falloff in intensity of the n ≥ 7 anionic clusters in the observed mass spectrum and the absence of observable signal for the n = 10 cluster are accounted for.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2912-2921
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Apr 15
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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