Vaporizing solid samples of metals and semiconductors with a YAG Laser is a method well suited for producing molecules and clusters of those materials. The clusters are examined by either laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) or mass spectroscopic methods. The technique is valuable for both gas phase and matrix studies. The method is described and some applications, studying either the structure of small metal molecules or their reactions, are reviewed, with emphasis on our recent results from the LIF studies of LiBe, Al2 and the reaction of Al with oxygen, yielding A12O. For larger clusters, Ion Cyclotron Resonance is an extremely valuable method, as we demonstrate by its application to the reactions of small charged silicon clusters with strong oxidising agents.
Volume 135, 2023
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