Cluster Beam Chemistry—from Atoms to Solids

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  • Dr. T. Patrick Martin

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    1. Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, D-7000 Stuttgart 80 (FRG)
    • Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, D-7000 Stuttgart 80 (FRG)
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Abstract

How do the properties of a solid gradually evolve as atoms are brought together to form increasingly larger units? In order to answer this question one must study aggregates of atoms too large to be called molecules but still too small to have even the structure of a crystal. Recent advances in both theory and experiment have made possible some first explorations in this long neglected but fascinating field of study. This review will emphasize the generation, growth, and properties of homo- and heteronuclear clusters in the vapor phase, particular attention being paid to mass spectrometric investigations.

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