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Apparent photodestruction of a neutral Arncluster beam with visible laser light

Authors
Journal
Chemical Physics Letters
0009-2614
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
160
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0009-2614(89)87549-9

Abstract

Abstract We have observed an apparent photodestruction (using visible laser light) of a neutral Ar n cluster beam produced in a supersonic expansion. The clusters are detected by electron ionization/mass spectrometry. Several tests were performed, all of which support this surprising discovery. We suggest that Raman-induced photodestruction (RIP) in the cluster growth zone is responsible for this phenomenon.

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