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Ions colliding with mixed clusters of C-60 and coronene: Fragmentation and bond formation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics.
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2014 (English)In: Physical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, ISSN 1050-2947, E-ISSN 1094-1622, Vol. 90, no 2, 022713Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We have studied collisions between 22.5 keV He2+ ions and mixed clusters [(C-60)(m)(C24H12)(n)] of m C-60 and n coronene molecules where m and n range up to about ten. Surprisingly, the cluster fragmentation behavior in distant collisions is dramatically different for pure coronene clusters (m = 0) and clusters containing a single C-60 molecule (m = 1). In the latter case, the clusters may be ionized without also being fragmented on the experimental time scale of tens of microseconds. This does not occur for pure coronene clusters, but is a main characteristic of pure fullerene clusters. For ion trajectories penetrating the mixed cluster, we observe covalent bond formations between C-59 or C-58 and C-60, but not between coronene fragments and C-60, or between C-60 fragments and coronene. These results are explained by means of classical molecular dynamics simulations of collisions inside the fragmenting mixed clusters.

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2014. Vol. 90, no 2, 022713
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Physical Sciences
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Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108022DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.90.022713ISI: 000341233200006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-108022DiVA: diva2:753435
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Available from: 2014-10-07 Created: 2014-10-06 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Molecular Hole Punching: Impulse Driven Reactions in Molecules and Molecular Clusters
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Molecular Hole Punching: Impulse Driven Reactions in Molecules and Molecular Clusters
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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When molecules are excited by photons or energetic particles, they will cool through the emission of photons, electrons, or by fragmenting. Such processes are often thermal as they occur after the excitation energy has been redistributed across all degrees-of-freedom in the system. Collisions with atoms or ions may also lead to ultrafast fragmentation in Rutherford-like scattering processes, where one or several atoms can literally be knocked out of the molecule by the incoming projectile before the energy can be completely redistributed. The resulting fragmentation pathways can in such knockout processes be very different from those in thermal processes.

This thesis covers extensive studies of collisions between ions/atoms and isolated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules, isolated fullerene molecules, or clusters of these. The high stabilities and distinct fragmentation channels make these types of molecules excellent test cases for characterizing knockout-driven fragmentation and the reactions that these processes can lead to. I will present experimental measurements for a wide range of energies and compare them with my own molecular dynamics simulations and quantum chemical calculations. In this thesis, I present an in-depth study of the role of knockout in the energetic processing of molecules and clusters. The competition between knockout and thermally driven fragmentation is discussed in detail.

Knockout-driven fragmentation is shown to result in exotic fragments that are far more reactive than the intact parent molecules or fragments from thermal processes. When such reactive species are formed within molecular clusters efficient molecular growth can take place on sub-picosecond timescales. The cluster environments are crucial here because they protect the newly formed molecules by absorbing excess energy. This is a possible pathway for the growth of large PAHs, fullerenes, and similar carbonaceous complexes found in, for instance, the interstellar medium.

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Stockholm: Department of Physics, Stockholm University, 2016. 74 p.
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PAHs, Fullernes, Reactions, Clusters, Interstellar Medium, Fragmentation, Non-Statistical Fragmentation, Collisions, Experiments, Molecular Dynamics, Density Functional Theory
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Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Research subject
Physics
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129523 (URN)978-91-7649-436-3 (ISBN)
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2016-06-10, FB42, AlbaNova universitetscentrum, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 1: Submitted.

Available from: 2016-05-18 Created: 2016-04-25 Last updated: 2017-02-17Bibliographically approved

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