Giant Intermolecular Decay and Fragmentation of Clusters

Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4778 – Published 15 December 1997
L. S. Cederbaum, J. Zobeley, and F. Tarantelli


In sharp contrast to molecules, electronic states of clusters with an excited intermediate-shell electron can efficiently decay via an intermolecular Coulombic mechanism. Explicit examples are presented using large scale ab initio propagator calculations. The mechanism is illustrated and its generality is stressed.


  • Received 30 July 1997
  • Published in the issue dated 15 December 1997

© 1997 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

L. S. Cederbaum1, J. Zobeley1, and F. Tarantelli2

  • 1Theoretische Chemie, Universität Heidelberg, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2Dipartimento di Chimica, Università di Perugia, I-06123 Perugia, Italy

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