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Effect of radiative cooling on the size-dependent stability of small boron clusters

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

© 2018 American Physical Society. The mass spectrum of cationic boron clusters, BN+ (N=5-20), after photoexcitation demonstrates that radiative cooling is an important, though often neglected, process in determining the relative stability of small and isolated particles. The observed intensities in mass spectra suggest that B5+,B11+,B13+, and B15+ are particularly stable clusters, consistent with density-functional theory calculations. Quantitative agreement, however, is only obtained if radiative cooling is included in the analysis. All clusters are found to radiate on microsecond timescales, suggesting recurrent fluorescence as the dominant photon emission process.
Journal: Physical Review A
ISSN: 2469-9926
Issue: 1
Volume: 98
Number of pages: 4
Publication year:2018