Interatomic Coulombic decay in van der Waals clusters and impact of nuclear motion

Citation
R. Santra et al., Interatomic Coulombic decay in van der Waals clusters and impact of nuclear motion, PHYS REV L, 85(21), 2000, pp. 4490-4493
Citations number
25
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Physics
Journal title
PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS
ISSN journal
0031-9007 → ACNP
Volume
85
Issue
21
Year of publication
2000
Pages
4490 - 4493
Database
ISI
SICI code
0031-9007(20001120)85:21<4490:ICDIVD>2.0.ZU;2-6
Abstract
It is demonstrated that excited van der Waals systems can relax by electron emission via a novel interatomic mechanism. The process is analyzed by mea ns of extensive ab initio calculations of potential energy surfaces and ele ctronic decay rates. The electronic emission, taking place on the same time scale as the motion of the atomic nuclei, is accompanied by interesting dy namical effects amenable to experimental observations. These effects arise as a consequence of the weak chemical bond in van der Waals clusters and th e Coulomb repulsion pattern originating from electron emission.