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  1. Recombination of cluster ions

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    Johnsen, Rainer

    1993-01-01

    Some of our recent work on molecular band emissions from recombination of molecular dimer ions (N4(+) and CO(+) CO) is discussed. Much of the experimental work was done by Y. S. Cao; the results on N4(+) recombination have been published. A brief progress report is given on our ongoing measurements of neutral products of recombination using the flowing-afterglow Langmuir-probe technique in conjunction with laser-induced fluorescence.

  2. Hydrated Ions: From Individual Ions to Ion Pairs to Ion Clusters.

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    Chen, Houyang; Ruckenstein, Eli

    2015-10-01

    The structure of hydrated ions plays a central role in chemical and biological sciences. In the present paper, five ions, namely, Na(+), K(+), Mg(2+), Ca(2+) and Cl(-), are examined using molecular dynamics simulations. In addition to hydrated individual ions and ion pairs identified previously, hydrated ion clusters containing 3, 4, 5, or more ions are identified in the present paper. The dependence of hydration numbers and mole fractions of individual ions, ion pairs, and larger ion clusters on the electrolyte concentration is determined. As the electrolyte concentration increases, the mole fraction of hydrated individual ions decreases, and the mole fraction of hydrated larger ion clusters increases. The results also reveal that the hydrogen bonding numbers of the H2O molecules of the first hydration shells of individual ions, ion pairs, and larger ion clusters are insensitive to the electrolyte concentration, but sensitive to the nature and conformation of ions. PMID:26358093

  3. Some properties of ion and cluster plasma

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    Gudzenko, L.I.; Derzhiev, V.I.; Yakovlenko, S.I.

    1982-11-01

    The aggregate of problems connected with the physics of ion and cluster plasma is qualitatively considered. Such a plasma can exist when a dense gas is ionized by a hard ionizer. The conditions for the formation of an ion plasma and the difference between its characteristics and those of an ordinary electron plasma are discussed; a solvated-ion model and the distribution of the clusters with respect to the number of solvated molecules are considered. The recombination rate of the positively and negatively charged clusters is roughly estimated. The parameters of a ball-lightning plasma are estimated on the basis of the cluster model.

  4. On Ion Clusters in the Interstellar Gas

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    Donn, Bertram

    1960-01-01

    In a recent paper V.I. Krassovsky (1958) predicts the occurrence of clusters of large numbers of atoms and molecules around ions in the interstellar gas. He then proposes a number of physicochemical processes that would be considerably enhanced by the high particle density in such clusters. In particular, he suggests that absorption by negative ions formed in the clusters would account for the interstellar extinction without any necessity for the presence of grains. Because of the important consequences that ion clusters could have, it is necessary to examine their occurrence more fully. This note re-examines the formation of ion clusters in space and shows that even ion-molecule pairs are essentially non-existent. Ion clusters have been considered by Bloom and Margenau (1952) from the same point of view as that used by Krassovsky, whose basic reference (Joffe and Semenov 1933) unfortunately is not available. A different approach has been used by Eyring, Hirschfelder, and Taylor (1936) following the methods of chemical equilibrium. Both the references cited here enable one to conclude that clustering is negligible. Therefore, the treatment of Eyring et al. is more appropriate than the method of Bloom and Margenau, which depends on the statistical equilibrium of an atmosphere in a force field.

  5. Spectrometer for cluster ion beam induced luminescence

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    Ryuto, H. Sakata, A.; Takeuchi, M.; Takaoka, G. H.; Musumeci, F.

    2015-02-15

    A spectrometer to detect the ultra-weak luminescence originated by the collision of cluster ions on the surfaces of solid materials was constructed. This spectrometer consists of 11 photomultipliers with band-pass interference filters that can detect the luminescence within the wavelength ranging from 300 to 700 nm and of a photomultiplier without filter. The calibration of the detection system was performed using the photons emitted from a strontium aluminate fluorescent tape and from a high temperature tungsten filament. Preliminary measurements show the ability of this spectrometer to detect the cluster ion beam induced luminescence.

  6. Collective effects in electronic sputtering of organic molecular ions by fast incident cluster ions

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    Salehpour, M.; Fishel, D.L.; Hunt, J.E.

    1988-07-15

    The collective sputtering effect of fast primary cluster ions on the yield of secondary molecular ions has been demonstrated for the first time. Results show that the sputtering yield of valine negative molecular ions per incident carbon atom, in a C/sup +//sub n/ incident cluster ion, increases with increasing n. The yield results are interpreted as a direct effect of the enhancement in the electronic stopping power per atom in cluster ions compared to atomic ions.

  7. Mass-spectrometric observation of ion ejection from clusters

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    Vostrikov, A. A.; Dubov, D. Iu.; Gileva, V. P.

    1989-08-01

    Results of mass spectrometry measurements in clustered molecular beams of water and nitrogen oxide are reported. The clusters were formed under conditions of free expansion of N2O and superheated steam through a sonic nozzle. It is found that, for a mean cluster size of less than 100, the true cluster concentration in the beam is distorted by the evaporation of molecules from ionized clusters. The evaporation intensity depends to a large degree on the ionizing electron energy. For the cluster sizes investigated (100 or less), the observed density of the microcluster ions is found to be related to ion ejection from the clusters.

  8. Interaction between water cluster ions and mica surface

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    Ryuto, Hiromichi Ohmura, Yuki; Nakagawa, Minoru; Takeuchi, Mitsuaki; Takaoka, Gikan H.

    2014-03-15

    Water cluster ion beams were irradiated on mica surfaces to investigate the interaction between molecular cluster ions and a mica surface. The contact angle of the mica surface increased with increasing dose of the water cluster ion beam, but the increase in the contact angle was smaller than that induced by an ethanol cluster ion beam. The surface roughness also increased with increasing dose of the water cluster ion beam, whereas the intensity of K 2p x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy peaks decreased with increasing dose of the water cluster ion beam. The decrease in the number of potassium atoms together with the increase in the surface roughness may be the causes of the increase in the contact angle.

  9. Historical milestones and future prospects of cluster ion beam technology

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    Yamada, Isao

    2014-08-01

    Development of technology for processing of surfaces by means of gas cluster ion beams began only about a quarter century ago even though fundamental research related to generation of gas clusters began much earlier. Industrial applications of cluster ion beams did not start to be explored until commercial equipment was first introduced to the ion beam community in around 2000. The technology is now evolving rapidly with industrial equipment being engineered for many diverse surface processing applications which are made possible by the unique characteristics of cluster-ion/solid-surface interactions. In this paper, important historical milestones in cluster ion beam development are described. Present activities related to a wide range of industrial applications in semiconductors, magnetic and optical devices, and bio-medical devices are reviewed. Several emerging new advances in cluster beam applications for the future are also discussed.

  10. Ion beam induced nanosized Ag metal clusters in glass

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    Mahnke, H.-E.; Schattat, B.; Schubert-Bischoff, P.; Novakovic, N.

    2006-04-01

    Silver metal clusters have been formed in soda lime glass by high-energy heavy-ion irradiation at ISL. The metal cluster formation was detected with X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS) in fluorescence mode, and the shape of the clusters was imaged with transmission electron microscopy. While annealing in reducing atmosphere alone, leads to the formation of metal clusters in Ag-containing glasses, where the Ag was introduced by ion-exchange, such clusters are not very uniform in size and are randomly distributed over the Ag-containing glass volume. Irradiation with 600-MeV Au ions followed by annealing, however, results in clusters more uniform in size and arranged in chains parallel to the direction of the ion beam.

  11. Formation of high-mass cluster ions from compound semiconductors using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry with cluster primary ions.

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    Goacher, Robyn E; Luo, Hong; Gardella, Joseph A

    2008-05-01

    The detection of high-mass, nonstoichiometric, GaxAsy and InxPy secondary ion clusters using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry is reported for the first time. The GaxAsy and InxPy clusters are detected in both positive and negative ion spectra and extend to masses of at least 6000 dalton (Da). Consecutive clusters differ by the addition of one gallium (indium) atom. This leads to nonstoichiometric clusters at high mass (i.e., Ga15As3 at 1270 Da) which are metastable above a critical mass. The relative secondary ion yields of high-mass GaxAsy clusters detected using several primary ion sources (Cs+, Bi+, Bi3+, Bi32+, Bi52+, C60+, and C602+) are compared. The relative secondary ion yield of high-mass GaxAsy clusters is significantly enhanced by the use of cluster primary ions and the best relative secondary ion yield is obtained using Bi3+ primary ions. An application of the high-mass GaxAsy clusters is presented, in which these clusters are utilized to distinguish between contaminant levels of Ga and bulk GaAs structure in a depth profile of a MnAs/GaAs heterojunction. These results illustrate improved analysis of inorganic materials using cluster primary ions and break the paradigm of stoichiometric secondary cluster ion formation for SIMS of inorganic compounds. PMID:18358011

  12. Negative ions of nitroethane and its clusters

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    Stokes, S. T.; Bowen, K. H.; Sommerfeld, T.; Ard, S.; Mirsaleh-Kohan, N.; Steill, J. D.; Compton, R. N.

    2008-08-01

    Valence and dipole-bound negative ions of the nitroethane (NE) molecule and its clusters are studied using photoelectron spectroscopy (PES), Rydberg electron transfer (RET) techniques, and ab initio methods. Valence adiabatic electron affinities (EAas) of NE, C2H5NO2, and its clusters, (C2H5NO2)n, n=2-5, are estimated using vibrationally unresolved PES to be 0.3+/-0.2 eV (n=1), 0.9+/-0.2 eV (n=2), 1.5+/-0.2 eV (n=3), 1.9+/-0.2 eV (n=4), and 2.1+/-0.2 eV (n=5). These energies were then used to determine stepwise anion-neutral solvation energies and compared with previous literature values. Vertical detachment energies for (C2H5NO2)n- were also measured to be 0.92+/-0.10 eV (n=1), 1.63+/-0.10 eV (n=2), 2.04+/-0.10 eV (n=3), and 2.3+/-0.1 eV (n=4). RET experiments show that Rydberg electrons can be attached to NE both as dipole-bound and valence bound anion states. The results are similar to those found for nitromethane (NM), where it was argued that the diffuse dipole state act as a ``doorway state'' to the more tightly bound valence anion. Using previous models for relating the maximum in the RET dependence of the Rydberg effective principle number nmax*, the dipole-bound electron affinity is predicted to be ~25 meV. However, a close examination of the RET cross section data for NE and a re-examination of such data for NM finds a much broader dependence on n* than is seen for RET in conventional dipole bound states and, more importantly, a pronounced l dependence is found in nmax* (nmax* increases with l). Ab initio calculations agree well with the experimental results apart from the vertical electron affinity value associated with the dipole bound state which is predicted to be 8 meV. Moreover, the calculations help to visualize the dramatic difference in the distributions of the excess electron for dipole-bound and valence states, and suggest that NE clusters form only anions where the excess electron localizes on a single monomer.

  13. Ion aggregation in high salt solutions: Ion network versus ion cluster

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    Kim, Seongheun; Kim, Heejae; Choi, Jun-Ho; Cho, Minhaeng

    2014-09-28

    The critical aggregation phenomena are ubiquitous in many self-assembling systems. Ions in high salt solutions could also spontaneously form larger ion aggregates, but their effects on hydrogen-bond structures in water have long been controversial. Here, carrying out molecular dynamics (MD) simulation studies of high salt solutions and comparing the MD simulation results with infrared absorption and pump-probe spectroscopy of O–D stretch mode of HDO in highly concentrated salt solutions and {sup 13}C-NMR chemical shift of S{sup 13}CN{sup −} in KSCN solutions, we find evidence on the onset of ion aggregate and large-scale ion-ion network formation that concomitantly breaks water hydrogen-bond structure in certain salt solutions. Despite that these experimental results cannot provide direct evidence on the three-dimensional morphological structures of ion aggregates, they serve as reference data for verifying MD simulation methods. The MD results suggest that disrupted water hydrogen-bond network is intricately intertwined with ion-ion network. This further shows morphological variation of ion aggregate structures from ion cluster to ion network in high salt solutions that are interrelated to the onset of macroscopic aggregate formation and the water hydrogen-bond structure making and breaking processes induced by Hofmeister ions.

  14. Ion aggregation in high salt solutions: Ion network versus ion cluster

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    Kim, Seongheun; Kim, Heejae; Choi, Jun-Ho; Cho, Minhaeng

    2014-09-01

    The critical aggregation phenomena are ubiquitous in many self-assembling systems. Ions in high salt solutions could also spontaneously form larger ion aggregates, but their effects on hydrogen-bond structures in water have long been controversial. Here, carrying out molecular dynamics (MD) simulation studies of high salt solutions and comparing the MD simulation results with infrared absorption and pump-probe spectroscopy of O-D stretch mode of HDO in highly concentrated salt solutions and 13C-NMR chemical shift of S13CN- in KSCN solutions, we find evidence on the onset of ion aggregate and large-scale ion-ion network formation that concomitantly breaks water hydrogen-bond structure in certain salt solutions. Despite that these experimental results cannot provide direct evidence on the three-dimensional morphological structures of ion aggregates, they serve as reference data for verifying MD simulation methods. The MD results suggest that disrupted water hydrogen-bond network is intricately intertwined with ion-ion network. This further shows morphological variation of ion aggregate structures from ion cluster to ion network in high salt solutions that are interrelated to the onset of macroscopic aggregate formation and the water hydrogen-bond structure making and breaking processes induced by Hofmeister ions.

  15. High-Speed Nano-Processing with Cluster Ion Beams

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    Seki, T.; Matsuo, J.

    2006-11-01

    The gas cluster ion beam process has a high potential for material processing in nano-technology devices, such as photonic crystals, thin film transistors (TFTs) and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). In order to fabricate the devices, one needs to etch target materials with a high-speed, low-damage and ultra-smooth process. Extremely high rate sputtering was realized by high-energy cluster ion beam. We have been using this technique for poly-Si TFTs. There are many hillocks on poly-Si films formed by using a laser anneal technique, and they cause degradation of devices. When the laser crystallized poly-Si film was irradiated with cluster ion beam, the higher hillocks could be etched selectively and the surfaces of poly-Si films could be processed with low ion dose. High-speed nano-processing was realized by cluster ion beam.

  16. Active spacecraft potential control: An ion emitter experiment. [Cluster mission

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    Riedler, W.; Goldstein, R.; Hamelin, M.; Maehlum, B. N.; Troim, J.; Olsen, R. C.; Pedersen, A.; Grard, R. J. L.; Schmidt, R.; Rudenauer, F.

    1988-01-01

    The cluster spacecraft are instrumented with ion emitters for charge neutralization. The emitters produce indium ions at 6 keV. The ion current is adjusted in a feedback loop with instruments measuring the spacecraft potential. The system is based on the evaporation of indium in the apex field of a needle. The design of the active spacecraft potential control instruments, and the ion emitters is presented.

  17. Significant enhancement of negative secondary ion yields by cluster ion bombardment combined with cesium flooding.

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    Philipp, Patrick; Angerer, Tina B; Sämfors, Sanna; Blenkinsopp, Paul; Fletcher, John S; Wirtz, Tom

    2015-10-01

    In secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), the beneficial effect of cesium implantation or flooding on the enhancement of negative secondary ion yields has been investigated in detail for various semiconductor and metal samples. All results have been obtained for monatomic ion bombardment. Recent progress in SIMS is based to a large extent on the development and use of cluster primary ions. In this work we show that the enhancement of negative secondary ions induced by the combination of ion bombardment with simultaneous cesium flooding is valid not only for monatomic ion bombardment but also for cluster primary ions. Experiments carried out using C60+ and Ar4000+ bombardment on silicon show that yields of negative secondary silicon ions can be optimized in the same way as by Ga+ and Cs+ bombardment. Both for monatomic and cluster ion bombardment, the optimization does not depend on the primary ion species. Hence, it can be assumed that the silicon results are also valid for other cluster primary ions and that results obtained for monatomic ion bombardment on other semiconductor and metal samples are also valid for cluster ion bombardment. In SIMS, cluster primary ions are also largely used for the analysis of organic matter. For polycarbonate, our results show that Ar4000+ bombardment combined with cesium flooding enhances secondary ion signals by a factor of 6. This can be attributed to the removal of charging effects and/or reduced fragmentation, but no major influence on ionization processes can be observed. The use of cesium flooding for the imaging of cells was also investigated and a significant enhancement of secondary ion yields was observed. Hence, cesium flooding has also a vast potential for SIMS analyses with cluster ion bombardment. PMID:26378890

  18. Method and apparatus for the production of cluster ions

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    Friedman, L.; Beuhler, R.J.

    A method and apparatus for the production of cluster ions, and preferably isotopic hydrogen cluster ions is disclosed. A gas, preferably comprising a carrier gas and a substrate gas, is cooled to about its boiling point and expanded through a supersonic nozzle into a region maintained at a low pressure. Means are provided for the generation of a plasma in the gas before or just as it enters the nozzle.

  19. Method and apparatus for the production of cluster ions

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    Friedman, Lewis; Beuhler, Robert J.

    1988-01-01

    A method and apparatus for the production of cluster ions, and preferably isotopic hydrogen cluster ions is disclosed. A gas, preferably comprising a carrier gas and a substrate gas, is cooled to about its boiling point and expanded through a supersonic nozzle into a region maintained at a low pressure. Means are provided for the generation of a plasma in the gas before or just as it enters the nozzle.

  20. The dynamics of small excitable ion channel clusters

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    Shuai, J. W.; Jung, P.

    2006-06-01

    Through computational modeling we predict that small sodium ion channel clusters on small patches of membrane can encode electric signals most efficiently at certain magic cluster sizes. We show that this effect can be traced back to algebraic features of small integers and are universal for channels with a simple gating dynamics. We further explore physiologic conditions under which such effects can occur.

  1. Surface solvation for an ion in a water cluster.

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    Herce, David H; Perera, Lalith; Darden, Thomas A; Sagui, Celeste

    2005-01-01

    We have used molecular dynamics simulations to study the structural, dynamical, and thermodynamical properties of ions in water clusters. Careful evaluations of the free energy, internal energy, and entropy are used to address controversial or unresolved issues, related to the underlying physical cause of surface solvation, and the basic assumptions that go with it. Our main conclusions are the following. (i) The main cause of surface solvation of a single ion in a water cluster is both water and ion polarization, coupled to the charge and size of the ion. Interestingly, the total energy of the ion increases near the cluster surface, while the total energy of water decreases. Also, our analysis clearly shows that the cause of surface solvation is not the size of the total water dipole (unless this is too small). (ii) The entropic contribution is the same order of magnitude as the energetic contribution, and therefore cannot be neglected for quantitative results. (iii) A pure energetic analysis can give a qualitative description of the ion position at room temperature. (iv) We have observed surface solvation of a large positive iodinelike ion in a polarizable water cluster, but not in a nonpolarizable water cluster. PMID:15638604

  2. Secondary ion emission from insulin film bombarded with methane and noble gas cluster ion beams

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    Moritani, Kousuke; Kanai, Masanori; Goto, Kosuke; Ihara, Issei; Inui, Norio; Mochiji, Kozo

    2013-11-01

    Recent advances in large cluster projectiles for secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) allow the intact ions of some protein molecules to be detected without a matrix. However, detailed mechanisms of soft-sputtering and ionization of biomolecules remain unknown. Herein we investigate the secondary ion emission from insulin films under argon, krypton, and methane cluster ion bombardment. The intact insulin ion intensity significantly decreases for (CH4)1500+ ion bombardment compared with Ar1500+ ion bombardment at the same energy range of 3.3 eV/atom (or molecule), even though collisions with energetic methane clusters should generate numerous protons on the surface, which would enhance the ionization probability through proton attachment. In contrast, the intact ion intensity is almost the same for Ar2500+ and Kr2500+ cluster ion bombardment at the same energy range of 2 eV/atom. These observations suggest that detailed mechanisms for the ionization and sputtering by gas cluster ions should be investigated to enhance the intact ion intensity.

  3. Multiphoton ionization of ions, neutrals, and clusters. Progress report

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    Wessel, J.

    1991-06-28

    Scientific results are summarized from a three year research program on multiphoton ionization in aromatic molecules, clusters, and their ions. As originally proposed, the studies elucidated a new cluster ionization mechanism, characterized properties of long range intermolecular interactions, and investigated electronic transitions of aromatic cations cooled in a supersonic beam. The studies indicate that the new cluster ionization mechanism is highly efficient and dominates conventional 1 + 1 resonant ionization. In the case of the dimer of the large aromatic molecule fluorene, the results suggest that excimer formation competes with a direct ionization process. Highly selective excitonic spectra have been identified for several cluster species.

  4. Lithium Formate Ion Clusters Formation during Electrospray Ionization: Evidence of Magic Number Clusters by Mass Spectrometry and ab initio Calculations

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    Shukla, Anil K.; Bogdanov, Bogdan

    2015-02-10

    Small cationic and anionic clusters of lithium formate were generated by electrospray ionization and their fragmentations were studied by tandem mass spectrometry. Singly as well as multiply charged clusters were formed with the general formulae, (HCOOLi)nLi+, (HCOOLi)nLimm+, (HCOOLi)nHCOO- and (HCOOLi)n(HCOO)mm-. Several magic number cluster ions were observed in both the positive and negative ion modes although more predominant in the positive ion mode with (HCOOLi)3Li+ being the most abundant and stable cluster ions. Fragmentations of singly charged clusters proceed first by the loss of a dimer unit ((HCOOLi)2) followed by sequential loss of monomer units (HCOOLi). In the case of positive cluster ions, all fragmentations lead to the magic cluster (HCOOLi)3Li+ at higher collision energies which later fragments to dimer and monomer ions in lower abundance. Quantum mechanical calculations performed for smaller cluster ions showed that the trimer ion has a closed ring structure similar to the phenalenylium structure with three closed rings connected to the lithium ion. Further additions of monomer units result in similar symmetric structures for hexamer and nonamer cluster ions. Thermochemical calculations show that trimer cluster ion is relatively more stable than neighboring cluster ions, supporting the experimental observation of a magic number cluster with enhanced stability.

  5. The decay dynamics of photoexcited argon cluster ions

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    Smith, J. A.; Gotts, N. G.; Winkel, J. F.; Hallett, R.; Woodward, C. A.; Stace, A. J.; Whitaker, B. J.

    1992-07-01

    Following the photoexcitation of argon cluster ions, Ar+n for n in the range 4-25, kinetic energy release measurements have been undertaken on the fragments using two quite separate techniques. For Ar+4-Ar+6, fragment ion kinetic energy spectra were recorded at 532 nm in a crossed beam apparatus as a function of the angle of polarization of the laser radiation with respect to the incident ion beam. Only Ar+ from Ar+4 was observed to exhibit a polarization dependence together with a comparatively high kinetic energy release. The principal fragment ion Ar+2 was found both to emerge with a low kinetic energy release and to display no dependence on the angle of polarization of the radiation. In a second series of experiments, mass and kinetic energy resolved cluster ions were photodissociated in the entrance to a time-of-flight (TOF) device of variable length. The subsequent deflection of all ions allowed for time resolved measurements to be undertaken on the neutral photofragments. Following the absorption of a photon, all cluster ions up to Ar+25 were found to eject one/two neutral atoms with comparatively high kinetic energies. Any remaining internal energy appears to be dissipated through the loss of further neutral atoms with low kinetic energies. An analysis of the laser polarization dependence of these events, shows that those atoms identified as having high kinetic energies are ejected on a time scale which is short compared with the rotation period of a cluster (≂10 ps). These experimental observations are consistent with the results of recent molecular dynamics simulations of excited states in rare gas clusters by Landman, Jortner, and co-workers [J. Phys. Chem. 91, 4890 (1987); J. Chem. Phys. 88, 4273 (1988)]. Kinetic energy releases calculated from the TOF spectra exhibit marked fluctuations as a function of cluster size, with Ar+15 showing a minimum and Ar+19 a maximum. It is suggested that such behavior is part of a dynamic response to changes in

  6. Ion clusters in the lower stratosphere and upper troposphere

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    D'Auria, R.; Turco, R. P.

    2003-04-01

    Ions are continuously generated in the atmosphere under the action of galactic cosmic rays. Strong electrostatic interactions between the ions and surrounding neutral molecules lead to the formation of large ionic clusters. Recent measurements by Arnold and coworkers [ Eichkorn et al., 2002] by means of airborne ion mass spectrometry reveal the existence of positive ion cluster families reaching masses of up to 2500 amu in the upper troposphere. Ion clusters have also been detected in the stratosphere and throughout the troposphere [ e.g., Arnold et al., 1982; Eisele, 1988]. In all cases, positive ion families containing hydronium ions clustered with water and other trace gases such as acetone, acetonitrile and ammonia are detected. Negative ion cluster families are found consisting mainly of nitrate anions clustered with water and nitric acid, and sulfate anions associated with sulfuric acid and nitric acid ligands, with various degrees of hydration [e.g., Arnold et al., 1977]. Evidence also exists for very massive ions [Eichkorn et al., 2002; Hõrrak et al., 1998]. Ion clustering could play a role in aerosol formation through ion mediated nucleation [Turco and al., 1998; Yu and Turco, 2000; 2001], and could affect the microphysics of freezing in clouds. We have developed a ``hybrid'' model that characterizes the distributions of ionic clusters based on their structure and thermodynamics [D'Auria and Turco, 2001; 2002]. Here, we present results that describe the interaction of nitric acid vapor with hydronium/water clusters. We show, consistent with previous laboratory analyses [Zhang et al., 1994; Gilligan and Castleman, 2001], that the uptake of nitric acid on such clusters is a selective phenomenon, depending on the degree of cluster hydration. The clusters appear to take up nitric acid preferentially in ratios of nitric acid to water similar to those of solid nitric acid hydrates (particularly the trihydrate). It has been speculated that such stable nitric

  7. Stability of Phosphine-Ligated Gold Cluster Ions toward Dissociation: Effect of Ligand and Cluster Size

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    Laskin, Julia

    2015-03-01

    Precise control of the composition of phosphine-ligated gold clusters is of interest to their applications in catalysis, sensing, and drug delivery. Reduction synthesis in solution typically generates a distribution of ligated clusters containing different number of gold atoms and capping ligands. Ligand binding energy is an important factor determining the kinetics of cluster nucleation and growth in solution and hence the resulting cluster distribution. Phosphines are popular capping ligands with tunable electronic and steric properties that affect their binding to the gold core. We examined the effect of the number of gold atoms in the cluster and the properties of the phosphine ligand on the ligand binding energy to the gold core using surface-induced dissociation (SID) of mass selected cluster cations produced through electrospray ionization. SID of vibrationally excited ions is ideally suited for studying gas-phase fragmentation of complex ions such as ligated gold clusters. The energetics, dynamics, and mechanisms of cluster ion fragmentation in the absence of solvent are determined through RRKM modeling of time and kinetic energy dependent SID spectra. This approach provides quantitative information on the ligand binding energies in phosphine-ligated gold clusters important for understanding their formation in solution. Furthermore, ligand binding energies derived from SID data provide the first benchmark values for comparison with electronic structure calculations. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences.

  8. Molecular imaging of biological tissue using gas cluster ions

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    Tian, Hua; Wucher, Andreas; Winograd, Nicholas

    2015-01-01

    An Arn+ (n = 1–6000) gas cluster ion source has been utilized to map the chemical distribution of lipids in a mouse brain tissue section. We also show that the signal from high mass species can be further enhanced by doping a small amount of CH4 into the Ar cluster to enhance the ionization of several biologically important molecules. Coupled with secondary ion mass spectrometry instrumentation which utilizes a continuous Ar cluster ion projectile, maximum spatial resolution and maximum mass resolution can be achieved at the same time. With this arrangement, it is possible to achieve chemically resolved molecular ion images at the 4-µm resolution level. The focused Arn+/[Arx(CH4)y]+ beams (4–10 µm) have been applied to the study of untreated mouse brain tissue. A high signal level of molecular ions and salt adducts, mainly from various phosphocholine lipids, has been seen and directly used to map the chemical distribution. The signal intensity obtained using the pure Ar cluster source, the CH4-doped cluster source and C60 is also presented. PMID:26207076

  9. Dynamic Reactive Ionization with Cluster Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

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    Tian, Hua; Wucher, Andreas; Winograd, Nicholas

    2016-02-01

    Gas cluster ion beams (GCIB) have been tuned to enhance secondary ion yields by doping small gas molecules such as CH4, CO2, and O2 into an Ar cluster projectile, Arn + ( n = 1000-10,000) to form a mixed cluster. The `tailored beam' has the potential to expand the application of secondary ion mass spectrometry for two- and three-dimensional molecular specific imaging. Here, we examine the possibility of further enhancing the ionization by doping HCl into the Ar cluster. Water deposited on the target surface facilitates the dissociation of HCl. This concerted effect, occurring only at the impact site of the cluster, arises since the HCl is chemically induced to ionize to H+ and Cl- , allowing improved protonation of neutral molecular species. This hypothesis is confirmed by depth profiling through a trehalose thin film exposed to D2O vapor, resulting in ~20-fold increase in protonated molecules. The results show that it is possible to dynamically maintain optimum ionization conditions during depth profiling by proper adjustment of the water vapor pressure. H-D exchange in the trehalose molecule M was monitored upon deposition of D2O on the target surface, leading to the observation of [Mn* + H]+ or [Mn* + D]+ ions, where n = 1-8 hydrogen atoms in the trehalose molecule M have been replaced by deuterium. In general, we discuss the role of surface chemistry and dynamic reactive ionization of organic molecules in increasing the secondary ion yield.

  10. Clustering of ions at atomic dimensions in quantum plasmas

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    Shukla, Padma K.; Eliasson, Bengt; Eliasson

    2013-08-01

    By means of particle simulations of the equations of motion for ions interacting among themselves under the influence of newly discovered Shukla-Eliasson attractive force (SEAF) in a dense quantum plasma, we demonstrate that the SEAF can bring ions closer at atomic dimensions. We present simulation results of the dynamics of an ensemble of ions in the presence of the SEAF without and with confining external potentials and collisions between ions and degenerate electrons. Our particle simulations reveal that under the SEAF, ions attract each other, come closer, and form ionic clusters in the bath of degenerate electrons that shield ions. Furthermore, an external confining potential produces robust ion clusters that can have cigar- and ball-like shapes, which remain stable when the confining potential is removed. The stability of ion clusters is discussed. Our results may have applications to solid density plasmas (density exceeding 1023 per cm3), where the electrons will be degenerate and quantum forces due to the electron recoil effect caused by the overlapping of electron wave functions and electron tunneling through the Bohm potential, electron-exchange and electron-exchange and electron correlations associated with electron-1/2 spin effect, and the quantum statistical pressure of the degenerate electrons play a decisive role.

  11. Lithium formate ion clusters formation during electrospray ionization: Evidence of magic number clusters by mass spectrometry and ab initio calculations

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    Shukla, Anil; Bogdanov, Bogdan

    2015-02-14

    Small cationic and anionic clusters of lithium formate were generated by electrospray ionization and their fragmentations were studied by tandem mass spectrometry (collision-induced dissociation with N{sub 2}). Singly as well as multiply charged clusters were formed in both positive and negative ion modes with the general formulae, (HCOOLi){sub n}Li{sup +}, (HCOOLi){sub n}Li{sub m}{sup m+}, (HCOOLi){sub n}HCOO{sup −}, and (HCOOLi){sub n}(HCOO){sub m}{sup m−}. Several magic number cluster (MNC) ions were observed in both the positive and negative ion modes although more predominant in the positive ion mode with (HCOOLi){sub 3}Li{sup +} being the most abundant and stable cluster ion. Fragmentations of singly charged positive clusters proceed first by the loss of a dimer unit ((HCOOLi){sub 2}) followed by the loss of monomer units (HCOOLi) although the former remains the dominant dissociation process. In the case of positive cluster ions, all fragmentations lead to the magic cluster (HCOOLi){sub 3}Li{sup +} as the most abundant fragment ion at higher collision energies which then fragments further to dimer and monomer ions at lower abundances. In the negative ion mode, however, singly charged clusters dissociated via sequential loss of monomer units. Multiply charged clusters in both positive and negative ion modes dissociated mainly via Coulomb repulsion. Quantum chemical calculations performed for smaller cluster ions showed that the trimer ion has a closed ring structure similar to the phenalenylium structure with three closed rings connected to the central lithium ion. Further additions of monomer units result in similar symmetric structures for hexamer and nonamer cluster ions. Thermochemical calculations show that trimer cluster ion is relatively more stable than neighboring cluster ions, supporting the experimental observation of a magic number cluster with enhanced stability.

  12. Lithium formate ion clusters formation during electrospray ionization: Evidence of magic number clusters by mass spectrometry and ab initio calculations

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    Shukla, Anil; Bogdanov, Bogdan

    2015-02-01

    Small cationic and anionic clusters of lithium formate were generated by electrospray ionization and their fragmentations were studied by tandem mass spectrometry (collision-induced dissociation with N2). Singly as well as multiply charged clusters were formed in both positive and negative ion modes with the general formulae, (HCOOLi)nLi+, (HCOOLi)nLimm+, (HCOOLi)nHCOO-, and (HCOOLi)n(HCOO)mm-. Several magic number cluster (MNC) ions were observed in both the positive and negative ion modes although more predominant in the positive ion mode with (HCOOLi)3Li+ being the most abundant and stable cluster ion. Fragmentations of singly charged positive clusters proceed first by the loss of a dimer unit ((HCOOLi)2) followed by the loss of monomer units (HCOOLi) although the former remains the dominant dissociation process. In the case of positive cluster ions, all fragmentations lead to the magic cluster (HCOOLi)3Li+ as the most abundant fragment ion at higher collision energies which then fragments further to dimer and monomer ions at lower abundances. In the negative ion mode, however, singly charged clusters dissociated via sequential loss of monomer units. Multiply charged clusters in both positive and negative ion modes dissociated mainly via Coulomb repulsion. Quantum chemical calculations performed for smaller cluster ions showed that the trimer ion has a closed ring structure similar to the phenalenylium structure with three closed rings connected to the central lithium ion. Further additions of monomer units result in similar symmetric structures for hexamer and nonamer cluster ions. Thermochemical calculations show that trimer cluster ion is relatively more stable than neighboring cluster ions, supporting the experimental observation of a magic number cluster with enhanced stability.

  13. Anisotropic negative-ion emission from cluster nanoplasmas

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    Rajeev, R.; Dalui, Malay; Trivikram, T. Madhu; Rishad, K. P. M.; Krishnamurthy, M.

    2015-06-01

    Recent experiments have shown that the enhanced charge transfer by Rydberg excited clusters (ECTREC) reduces the highly charged ions very efficiently to neutral atoms and negative ions with little loss of momentum. Neutral-atom emission is anisotropic with respect to the laser polarization and the anisotropy is larger than that of the ion emission from Coulomb explosion of isolated single clusters. In such a scenario, it is expected that the negative-ion emission (like neutrals) should be anisotropic and have larger propensity along the laser polarization than in the perpendicular direction. Further, it may be anticipated that negative-ion emission is more anisotropic than neutral-atom emission if ECTREC is taken in to account. We demonstrate that the negative-ion emission is anisotropic. Contrary to expectations, the negative-ion emission anisotropy is not more than that of the neutral-atom emission. We show that this can be rationalized if low-energy (about 10 eV) electron collisional detachment of the negative ions is taken into account. Electron collisional detachment depletes the negative-ion yield preferentially along the laser polarization direction and reduces the negative-ion emission anisotropy.

  14. Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Isomeric Disaccharide Precursor, Product and Cluster Ions

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    Li, Hongli; Bendiak, Brad; Siems, William F.; Gang, David R.; Hill, Herbert H.

    2015-01-01

    RATIONALE Carbohydrates are highly variable in structure owing to differences in their anomeric configurations, monomer stereochemistry, inter-residue linkage positions and general branching features. The separation of carbohydrate isomers poses a great challenge for current analytical techniques. METHODS The isomeric heterogeneity of disaccharide ions and monosaccharideglycolaldehyde product ions evaluated using electrospray traveling wave ion mobility mass spectrometry (Synapt G2 high definition mass spectrometer) in both positive and negative ion modes investigation. RESULTS The separation of isomeric disaccharide ions was observed but not fully achieved based on their mobility profiles. The mobilities of isomeric product ions, the monosaccharide-glycolaldehydes, derived from different disaccharide isomers were measured. Multiple mobility peaks were observed for both monosaccharide-glycolaldehyde cations and anions, indicating that there was more than one structural configuration in the gas phase as verified by NMR in solution. More importantly, the mobility patterns for isomeric monosaccharide-glycolaldehyde product ions were different, which enabled partial characterization of their respective disaccharide ions. Abundant disaccharide cluster ions were also observed. The Results showed that a majority of isomeric cluster ions had different drift times and, moreover, more than one mobility peak was detected for a number of specific cluster ions. CONCLUSIONS It is demonstrated that ion mobility mass spectrometry is an advantageous method to assess the isomeric heterogeneity of carbohydrate compounds. It is capable of differentiating different types of carbohydrate ions having identical m/z values as well as multiple structural configurations of single compounds. PMID:24591031

  15. Ion clusters and the Venus ultraviolet haze layer

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    Aikin, A. C.

    1971-01-01

    The daytime ionosphere of Venus is observed between 100 and 500 km altitude with a peak electron concentration of 100,000/cc at 140 km. It is suggested that at altitudes less than 130 km the ion CO2(+)-CO2 is an important ionic constituent of the Venus ionosphere. Below 100 km ion clustering processes combine with the low temperature at the mesopause to form coagulates, giving rise to the ultraviolet haze layer observed. An atmospheric model is presented.

  16. Cluster Ion Spectrometry (CIS) Data Archiving in the CAA

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    Dandouras, I. S.; Barthe, A.; Penou, E.; Brunato, S.; Reme, H.; Kistler, L. M.; Blagau, A.; Facsko, G.; Kronberg, E.; Laakso, H. E.

    2009-12-01

    The Cluster Active Archive (CAA) aims at preserving the four Cluster spacecraft data, so that they are usable in the long-term by the scientific community as well as by the instrument team PIs and Co-Is. This implies that the data are filed together with the descriptive and documentary elements making it possible to select and interpret them. The CIS (Cluster Ion Spectrometry) experiment is a comprehensive ionic plasma spectrometry package onboard the four Cluster spacecraft, capable of obtaining full three-dimensional ion distributions (about 0 to 40 keV/e) with a time resolution of one spacecraft spin (4 sec) and with mass-per-charge composition determination. The CIS package consists of two different instruments, a Hot Ion Analyser (HIA) and a time-of-flight ion Composition Distribution Function (CODIF) analyser. For the archival of the CIS data a multi-level approach has been adopted. The CAA archival includes processed raw data (Level 1 data), moments of the ion distribution functions (Level 2 data), and calibrated high-resolution data in a variety of physical units (Level 3 data). The latter are 3-D ion distribution functions and 2-D pitch-angle distributions. In addition, a software package has been developed to allow the CAA user to interactively calculate partial or total moments of the ion distributions. Instrument cross-calibration has been an important activity in preparing the data for archival. The CIS data archive includes also experiment documentation, graphical products for browsing through the data, and data caveats. In addition, data quality indexes are under preparation, to help the user. Given the complexity of an ion spectrometer, and the variety of its operational modes, each one being optimised for a different magnetospheric region or measurement objective, consultation of the data caveats by the end user will always be a necessary step in the data analysis.

  17. Depth resolution improvement in secondary ion mass spectrometry analysis using metal cluster complex ion bombardment

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    Tomita, M.; Kinno, T.; Koike, M.; Tanaka, H.; Takeno, S.; Fujiwara, Y.; Kondou, K.; Teranishi, Y.; Nonaka, H.; Fujimoto, T.; Kurokawa, A.; Ichimura, S.

    2006-07-31

    Secondary ion mass spectrometry analyses were carried out using a metal cluster complex ion of Ir{sub 4}(CO){sub 7}{sup +} as a primary ion beam. Depth resolution was evaluated as a function of primary ion species, energy, and incident angle. The depth resolution obtained using cluster ion bombardment was considerably better than that obtained by oxygen ion bombardment under the same experimental condition due to reduction of atomic mixing in the depth. The authors obtained a depth resolution of {approx}1 nm under 5 keV, 45 deg. condition. Depth resolution was degraded by ion-bombardment-induced surface roughness at 5 keV with higher incident angles.

  18. Polymerized ionic liquid diblock copolymers: impact of water/ion clustering on ion conductivity.

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    Nykaza, Jacob R; Ye, Yuesheng; Nelson, Rachel L; Jackson, Aaron C; Beyer, Frederick L; Davis, Eric M; Page, Kirt; Sharick, Sharon; Winey, Karen I; Elabd, Yossef A

    2016-01-28

    Herein, we examine the synergistic impact of both ion clustering and block copolymer morphology on ion conductivity in two polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) diblock copolymers with similar chemistries but different side alkyl spacer chain lengths (ethyl versus undecyl). When saturated in liquid water, water/ion clusters were observed only in the PIL block copolymer with longer alkyl side chains (undecyl) as evidenced by both small-angle neutron scattering and intermediate-angle X-ray scattering, i.e., water/ion clusters form within the PIL microdomain under these conditions. The resulting bromide ion conductivity in the undecyl sample was higher than the ethyl sample (14.0 mS cm(-1)versus 6.1 mS cm(-1) at 50 °C in liquid water) even though both samples had the same block copolymer morphology (lamellar) and the undecyl sample had a lower ion exchange capacity (0.9 meq g(-1)versus 1.4 meq g(-1)). No water/ion clusters were observed in either sample under high humidity or dry conditions. The resulting ion conductivity in the undecyl sample with lamellar morphology was significantly higher in the liquid water saturated state compared to the high humidity state (14.0 mS cm(-1)versus 4.2 mS cm(-1)), whereas there was no difference in ion conductivity in the ethyl sample when comparing these two states. These results show that small chemical changes to ion-containing block copolymers can induce water/ion clusters within block copolymer microdomains and this can subsequently have a significant effect on ion transport. PMID:26575014

  19. Proton-bound cluster ions in ion mobility spectrometry

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    Ewing, R. G.; Eiceman, G. A.; Stone, J. A.

    1999-01-01

    Gaseous oxygen and nitrogen bases, both singly and as binary mixtures, have been introduced into ion mobility spectrometers to study the appearance of protonated molecules, and proton-bound dimers and trimers. At ambient temperature it was possible to simultaneously observe, following the introduction of molecule A, comparable intensities of peaks ascribable to the reactant ion (H2O)nH+, the protonated molecule AH+ and AH+ H2O, and the symmetrical proton bound dimer A2H+. Mass spectral identification confirmed the identifications and also showed that the majority of the protonated molecules were hydrated and that the proton-bound dimers were hydrated to a much lesser extent. No significant peaks ascribable to proton-bound trimers were obtained no matter how high the sample concentration. Binary mixtures containing molecules A and B, in some cases gave not only the peaks unique to the individual compounds but also peaks due to asymmetrical proton bound dimers AHB+. Such ions were always present in the spectra of mixtures of oxygen bases but were not observed for several mixtures of oxygen and nitrogen bases. The dimers, which were not observable, notable for their low hydrogen bond strengths, must have decomposed in their passage from the ion source to the detector, i.e. in a time less than approximately 5 ms. When the temperature was lowered to -20 degrees C, trimers, both homogeneous and mixed, were observed with mixtures of alcohols. The importance of hydrogen bond energy, and hence operating temperature, in determining the degree of solvation of the ions that will be observed in an ion mobility spectrometer is stressed. The possibility is discussed that a displacement reaction involving ambient water plays a role in the dissociation.

  20. Correspondence between ion-cluster and bulk thermodynamics: on the validity of the cluster pair approximation

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    Vlcek, Lukas; Chialvo, Ariel; Simonson, J Michael {Mike}

    2013-01-01

    Molecular models and experimental estimates based on the cluster pair approximation (CPA) provide inconsistent predictions of absolute single-ion hydration properties. To understand the origin of this discrepancy we used molecular simulations to study the transition between hydration of alkali metal and halide ions in small aqueous clusters and bulk water. The results demonstrate that the assumptions underlying the CPA are not generally valid as a result of a significant shift in the ion hydration free energies (~15 kJ/mol) and enthalpies (~47 kJ/mol) in the intermediate range of cluster sizes. When this effect is accounted for, the systematic differences between models and experimental predictions disappear, and the value of absolute proton hydration enthalpy based on the CPA gets in closer agreement with other estimates.

  1. The energetics and dynamics of free radicals, ions, and clusters

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    Baer, T.

    1993-04-01

    Structure and energetics of free radicals, ions, and clusters are being investigated by photoelectron photoion coincidence and analyzed using ab initio molecular orbital and statistical theory (RRKM). Molecules or free radicals are prepared in a molecular beam. Translational temperature is found from measured time of flight peakwidth; the vibrational temperature, from shift in dissociation onset. Free radicals are produced by pyrolysis in the nozzle; their subsequent cooling is demonstrated. Ion dissociation rates in the range from 10[sup 4] to 10[sup 7] s[sup [minus]1] are measured from the asymmetric TOF distribution; this method was used to measure the dissociation rates of cold and warm butene ions. 2 figs.

  2. CO2 Cluster Ion Beam, an Alternative Projectile for Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry.

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    Tian, Hua; Maciążek, Dawid; Postawa, Zbigniew; Garrison, Barbara J; Winograd, Nicholas

    2016-09-01

    The emergence of argon-based gas cluster ion beams for SIMS experiments opens new possibilities for molecular depth profiling and 3D chemical imaging. These beams generally leave less surface chemical damage and yield mass spectra with reduced fragmentation compared with smaller cluster projectiles. For nanoscale bioimaging applications, however, limited sensitivity due to low ionization probability and technical challenges of beam focusing remain problematic. The use of gas cluster ion beams based upon systems other than argon offer an opportunity to resolve these difficulties. Here we report on the prospects of employing CO2 as a simple alternative to argon. Ionization efficiency, chemical damage, sputter rate, and beam focus are investigated on model compounds using a series of CO2 and Ar cluster projectiles (cluster size 1000-5000) with the same mass. The results show that the two projectiles are very similar in each of these aspects. Computer simulations comparing the impact of Ar2000 and (CO2)2000 on an organic target also confirm that the CO2 molecules in the cluster projectile remain intact, acting as a single particle of m/z 44. The imaging resolution employing CO2 cluster projectiles is improved by more than a factor of two. The advantage of CO2 versus Ar is also related to the increased stability which, in addition, facilitates the operation of the gas cluster ion beams (GCIB) system at lower backing pressure. Graphical Abstract ᅟ. PMID:27324648

  3. CO2 Cluster Ion Beam, an Alternative Projectile for Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

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    Tian, Hua; Maciążek, Dawid; Postawa, Zbigniew; Garrison, Barbara J.; Winograd, Nicholas

    2016-06-01

    The emergence of argon-based gas cluster ion beams for SIMS experiments opens new possibilities for molecular depth profiling and 3D chemical imaging. These beams generally leave less surface chemical damage and yield mass spectra with reduced fragmentation compared with smaller cluster projectiles. For nanoscale bioimaging applications, however, limited sensitivity due to low ionization probability and technical challenges of beam focusing remain problematic. The use of gas cluster ion beams based upon systems other than argon offer an opportunity to resolve these difficulties. Here we report on the prospects of employing CO2 as a simple alternative to argon. Ionization efficiency, chemical damage, sputter rate, and beam focus are investigated on model compounds using a series of CO2 and Ar cluster projectiles (cluster size 1000-5000) with the same mass. The results show that the two projectiles are very similar in each of these aspects. Computer simulations comparing the impact of Ar2000 and (CO2)2000 on an organic target also confirm that the CO2 molecules in the cluster projectile remain intact, acting as a single particle of m/z 44. The imaging resolution employing CO2 cluster projectiles is improved by more than a factor of two. The advantage of CO2 versus Ar is also related to the increased stability which, in addition, facilitates the operation of the gas cluster ion beams (GCIB) system at lower backing pressure.

  4. CO2 Cluster Ion Beam, an Alternative Projectile for Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

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    Tian, Hua; Maciążek, Dawid; Postawa, Zbigniew; Garrison, Barbara J.; Winograd, Nicholas

    2016-09-01

    The emergence of argon-based gas cluster ion beams for SIMS experiments opens new possibilities for molecular depth profiling and 3D chemical imaging. These beams generally leave less surface chemical damage and yield mass spectra with reduced fragmentation compared with smaller cluster projectiles. For nanoscale bioimaging applications, however, limited sensitivity due to low ionization probability and technical challenges of beam focusing remain problematic. The use of gas cluster ion beams based upon systems other than argon offer an opportunity to resolve these difficulties. Here we report on the prospects of employing CO2 as a simple alternative to argon. Ionization efficiency, chemical damage, sputter rate, and beam focus are investigated on model compounds using a series of CO2 and Ar cluster projectiles (cluster size 1000-5000) with the same mass. The results show that the two projectiles are very similar in each of these aspects. Computer simulations comparing the impact of Ar2000 and (CO2)2000 on an organic target also confirm that the CO2 molecules in the cluster projectile remain intact, acting as a single particle of m/z 44. The imaging resolution employing CO2 cluster projectiles is improved by more than a factor of two. The advantage of CO2 versus Ar is also related to the increased stability which, in addition, facilitates the operation of the gas cluster ion beams (GCIB) system at lower backing pressure.

  5. Application of Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry to the Study of Ionic Clusters: Investigation of Cluster Ions with Stable Sizes and Compositions

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    Ohshimo, Keijiro; Komukai, Tatsuya; Takahashi, Tohru; Norimasa, Naoya; Wu, Jenna Wen Ju; Moriyama, Ryoichi; Koyasu, Kiichirou; Misaizu, Fuminori

    2014-01-01

    Stable cluster sizes and compositions have been investigated for cations and anions of ionic bond clusters such as alkali halides and transition metal oxides by ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS). Usually structural information of ions can be obtained from collision cross sections determined in IM-MS. In addition, we have found that stable ion sizes or compositions were predominantly produced in a total ion mass spectrum, which was constructed from the IM-MS measurement. These stable species were produced as a result of collision induced dissociations of the ions in a drift cell. We have confirmed this result in the sodium fluoride cluster ions, in which cuboid magic number cluster ions were predominantly observed. Next the stable compositions, which were obtained for the oxide systems of the first row transition metals, Ti, Fe, and Co, are characteristic for each of the metal oxide cluster ions. PMID:26819887

  6. Ionization of large homogeneous and heterogeneous clusters generated in acetylene-Ar expansions: cluster ion polymerization.

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    Kočišek, J; Lengyel, J; Fárník, M

    2013-03-28

    Pure acetylene and mixed Ar-acetylene clusters are formed in supersonic expansions of acetylene/argon mixtures and analysed using reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometer with variable electron energy ionization source. Acetylene clusters composed of more than a hundred acetylene molecules are generated at the acetylene concentration of ≈8%, while mixed species are produced at low concentrations (≈0.7%). The electron energy dependence of the mass spectra revealed the ionization process mechanisms in clusters. The ionization above the threshold for acetylene molecule of 11.5 eV results in the main ionic fragment progression (C2H2)n(+). At the electron energies ≥21.5 eV above the CH+CH(+) dissociative ionization limit of acetylene the fragment ions nominally labelled as (C2H2)nCH(+), n ≥ 2, are observed. For n ≤ 7 these fragments correspond to covalently bound ionic structures as suggested by the observed strong dehydrogenation [(C2H2)n - k × H](+) and [(C2H2)nCH - k × H](+). The dehydrogenation is significantly reduced in the mixed clusters where evaporation of Ar instead of hydrogen can stabilize the nascent molecular ion. The C3H3(+) ion was previously assigned to originate from the benzene molecular ion; however, the low appearance energy of ≈13.7 eV indicates that a less rigid covalently bound structure of C6H6(+) ion must also be formed upon the acetylene cluster electron ionization. The appearance energy of Arn(C2H2)(+) fragments above ≈15.1 eV indicates that the argon ionization is the first step in the fragment ion production, and the appearance energy of Arn≥2(C2H2)m≥2(+) at ≈13.7 eV is discussed in terms of an exciton transfer mechanism. PMID:23556722

  7. Characteristics of acetone cluster ion beam for surface processing and modification

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    Ryuto, H.; Kakumoto, Y.; Takeuchi, M.; Takaoka, G. H.

    2014-02-01

    An acetone cluster ion beam was produced by the adiabatic expansion method without using helium as a support gas. The cluster source for the production of ethanol clusters was replaced with that sealed with metal gaskets. The Laval nozzle for the production of ethanol clusters was also replaced with a stainless steel conical nozzle. The cluster size distributions of the acetone cluster ion beams had mean values approximately at 2 × 103 molecules and increased with source pressure. The typical beam current density of the acetone cluster ion beam was approximately 0.5 μA/cm2.

  8. Cluster Size Dependence of Etching by Reactive Gas Cluster Ion Beams

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    Toyoda, Noriaki; Yamada, Iaso

    2008-11-03

    Mass-selected reactive gas cluster ion beams (GCIB) were formed using a permanent magnetic filter. Irradiations of CO{sub 2} GCIB on amorphous carbon films and irradiations of SF{sub 6} and SF{sub 6}/Ar mixed GCIB on Si surfaces were performed to study the cluster size dependence on etching yields by reactive GCIB. The reactive sputtering yield of carbon by CO{sub 2} GCIB was almost ten times higher than that by Ar GCIB. In the case of (CO{sub 2}){sub 20000} GCIB with energy of 20 keV (1 eV/atom), it showed the high sputtering yield of 200 atoms/ion, however, there was little crater formation on the carbon surface. It is thought that very soft etching without crater formation would take place in this condition. In the case of SF{sub 6} GCIB on Si, the etching depth of Si showed maximum value when the fraction of SF{sub 6} to Ar was around 50%. As the etching yield was higher than pure SF{sub 6} GCIB, there was a strong ion assisted etching effects in the case of Ar/SF{sub 6} mixed cluster ion irradiations.

  9. Cluster ions from keV-energy ion and atom bombardment of frozen gases

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    David, Donald E.; Magnera, Thomas F.; Tian, Rujiang; Stulik, Dusan; Michl, Josef

    1986-04-01

    A brief survey is given of the mass spectra obtained from frozen gases by bombardment with keV-energy ions and atoms. The internal chemical constitution of the observed secondary cluster ions, which bears no simple relation to the molecular structure of the solid, has been established by observations of collision-induced dissociation, laser-induced dissociation and metastable decay. It has been correlated with the chemical composition of the residual bombarded solid, deduced from spectroscopic observations. These results, as well as preliminary results on sputtering yields for impact of 1-4 keV rare gas ions on solid argon, are compatible with the previously proposed mechanistic model for the formation of the cluster ions based on the flow of supercritical gas from the elastic collision spike region.

  10. How unequivocally do ion chromatography experiments determine carbon cluster geometries?

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    Strout, D.L.; Book, L.D.; Millam, J.M.; Xu, C.; Scuseria, G.E.

    1994-09-01

    Ion chromatography experiments on carbon clusters have provided a powerful tool for characterizing the products of the laser ablation of graphite. Using this technique, several families of carbon clusters have been observed, and their role in a plausible fullerene formation process has been hypothesized. In this work, we have examined the experimental mobility results from a theoretical perspective. Our most interesting finding is the existence of a family of three-dimensional 2 + 4 cycloaddition products whose members match the experimental mobilities of the so-called `ring III` family over a range of cluster sizes, whereas previous studies have asserted that the `ring III` clusters are planar. In agreement with previous research, we find that the `ring I` and `ring II` families consist of monocyclic and bicycle rings, respectively. However, these families should be broadly defined so as to include ring structures with carbon branches, because short carbon branches have only a negligible effect on cluster mobility. 28 refs., 6 figs., 6 tabs.

  11. Crater annihilation on silver by cluster ion impacts

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    Henriksson, K. O. E.; Nordlund, K.; Keinonen, J.

    2007-02-01

    Using the MD/MC-CEM potential we have investigated the impacts of 20 keV Ag 13 cluster ions on (0 0 1) silver surfaces having one initial crater. This one was made in the zeroth ion impact. The degree of annihilation of the initial crater was investigated as a function of the lateral distance ri between the crater and the ion. The impact points were selected randomly inside a circular area with a radius of 75 Å centered on the crater. To reduce the total number of simulations, the circular area was divided into annuli. The initial and final atomic positions in the impact simulations were analyzed and the degree of annihilation of the initial crater was determined. The results indicate that for r ≲ 60 Å there is a net growth of the initial crater, and for distances r ∈ (60, 80) Å there is a small net filling of the crater.

  12. Ionization of large homogeneous and heterogeneous clusters generated in acetylene-Ar expansions: Cluster ion polymerization

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    Kocisek, J.; Lengyel, J.; Farnik, M.

    2013-03-28

    Pure acetylene and mixed Ar-acetylene clusters are formed in supersonic expansions of acetylene/argon mixtures and analysed using reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometer with variable electron energy ionization source. Acetylene clusters composed of more than a hundred acetylene molecules are generated at the acetylene concentration of Almost-Equal-To 8%, while mixed species are produced at low concentrations ( Almost-Equal-To 0.7%). The electron energy dependence of the mass spectra revealed the ionization process mechanisms in clusters. The ionization above the threshold for acetylene molecule of 11.5 eV results in the main ionic fragment progression (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sub n}{sup +}. At the electron energies Greater-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 21.5 eV above the CH+CH{sup +} dissociative ionization limit of acetylene the fragment ions nominally labelled as (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sub n}CH{sup +}, n Greater-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 2, are observed. For n Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 7 these fragments correspond to covalently bound ionic structures as suggested by the observed strong dehydrogenation [(C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sub n}-k Multiplication-Sign H]{sup +} and [(C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sub n}CH -k Multiplication-Sign H]{sup +}. The dehydrogenation is significantly reduced in the mixed clusters where evaporation of Ar instead of hydrogen can stabilize the nascent molecular ion. The C{sub 3}H{sub 3}{sup +} ion was previously assigned to originate from the benzene molecular ion; however, the low appearance energy of Almost-Equal-To 13.7 eV indicates that a less rigid covalently bound structure of C{sub 6}H{sub 6}{sup +} ion must also be formed upon the acetylene cluster electron ionization. The appearance energy of Ar{sub n}(C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sup +} fragments above Almost-Equal-To 15.1 eV indicates that the argon ionization is the first step in the fragment ion production, and the appearance energy of Ar{sub n{>=}2}(C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sub m{>=}2}{sup +} at Almost-Equal-To 13

  13. Infrared and Mass Analyzed Ion Kinetic Energy Spectroscopy of Cluster Ions

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    Feinberg, Thomas Neal

    A new method for obtaining mass analyzed kinetic energy spectroscopy for the study of cluster ions was tested. The experiments utilized an MS/MS instrument (Quadrupole/Electric Sector Analyzer) coupled to a cluster beam source. The ion source consisted of a molecular beam excited by high energy electron impact. Experiments were conducted using argon and argon/ethene gas mixtures in the ion source. Kinetic energy spectra of collision induced dissociation products and carbon dioxide laser photodissociation products were analyzed. The results for argon dimers showed a laser polarization effect on the measurement of the kinetic energy of the fragment argon ions in the infrared photodissociation event. When ionization occurred within the supersonic expansion zone, the polarization effects were no longer observed. Ethene gas in the ion source produced a variety of ions; some of these showed photodissociation efficiencies within the region of the monomer nu_7 vibrational mode. The spectroscopy and collision induced dissociation data are consistent with a structure consisting of a central core ion surrounded by one or more ethene molecules.

  14. Ion Density Holes observed by Cluster satellite: Electromagnetic PIC Simulation

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    Hong, J.; Lee, E.; Min, K. W.; Parks, G. K.

    2010-12-01

    In the upstream region of the bow shock, many transient structures have been found such as hot flow anomalies (HFAs), foreshock cavities (FCs), hot diamagnetic cavities (HDCs), and short- and large-amplitude magnetic structures. Density holes (DHs) are one of such transient phenomena with similar characteristics to those of HFAs, FCs, and HDCs: density depletion accompanied by the depression of magnetic field and "deflection of" flow velocity. While sometimes regarded as the early phase of HFA, DH has a lower magnetic shear and a smaller flow deviation than the HFA. However, the most significant difference between the two structures is the direction of motional electric field (convection electric field). The solar wind convection electric fields of DHs have an outward-component from the embedding IMF current sheets while HFAs usually have components directed inward on either or both of the edges. As the Cluster observations indicate the isolated DH structures generally accompany diffuse ion beams in the rotating magnetic fields, which can be interpreted as a current sheet or a solitary wave, we conjecture the ion-ion beam instability occurring around the current sheet to be the important factor of DHs structures and set up simulation models using a two-dimensional electromagnetic particle-in-cell (PIC) code. Here, we report the characteristics of DHs observed by Cluster and the progress of our simulation study.

  15. Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry: From Cluster Ions to Toxic metal Ions in Biology

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    Lentz, Nicholas B.

    2007-01-01

    This dissertation focused on using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry to study cluster ions and toxic metal ions in biology. In Chapter 2, it was shown that primary, secondary and quarternary amines exhibit different clustering characteristics under identical instrument conditions. Carbon chain length also played a role in cluster ion formation. In Chapters 3 and 4, the effects of solvent types/ratios and various instrumental parameters on cluster ion formation were examined. It was found that instrument interface design also plays a critical role in the cluster ion distribution seen in the mass spectrum. In Chapter 5, ESI-MS was used to investigate toxic metal binding to the [Gln11]-amyloid β-protein fragment (1-16). Pb and Cd bound stronger than Zn, even in the presence of excess Zn. Hg bound weaker than Zn. There are endless options for future work on cluster ions. Any molecule that is poorly ionized in positive ion mode can potentially show an increase in ionization efficiency if an appropriate anion is used to produce a net negative charge. It is possible that drug protein or drug/DNA complexes can also be stabilized by adding counter-ions. This would preserve the solution characteristics of the complex in the gas phase. Once in the gas phase, CID could determine the drug binding location on the biomolecule. There are many research projects regarding toxic metals in biology that have yet to be investigated or even discovered. This is an area of research with an almost endless future because of the changing dynamics of biological systems. What is deemed safe today may show toxic effects in the future. Evolutionary changes in protein structures may render them more susceptible to toxic metal binding. As the understanding of toxicity evolves, so does the demand for new toxic metal research. New instrumentation designs and software make it possible to perform research that could not be done in the past. What was undetectable yesterday will

  16. Competitive internal transfers in metastable decay of cluster ions

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    Buonomo, E.; Gianturco, F. A.; Delgado-Barrio, G.; Miret-Artés, S.; Villarreal, P.

    1994-05-01

    In a previous study of fragmentation patterns of (Ar)+3 clusters [G. Delgado-Barrio, S. Miret-Artés, P. Villarreal, and F. A. Gianturco, Z. Phys. D 27, 354 (1993)] it was found that overall rotations control the lifetimes of the occupied metastable states of the cluster and that a spherical, effective interaction was sufficient to describe the dynamical process. In the present study, the strong anisotropy of a more realistic three-particle interaction is introduced and its effects on metastable decay are examined. By separating internal rotations from internal vibrations of the diatomic ion, it is possible to show that internal predissociation pathways are very efficient and lead to very short lifetimes. The latter can be lengthened only when overall rotational states are directly included, thus confirming the physical picture of the earlier work.

  17. An experimental investigation of the dissociative ionization process of argon cluster ions induced by electron impact

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    Zhang, P.; Ma, X.; Yan, S.; Xu, S.; Zhang, S.; Zhu, X.; Li, B.; Feng, W.; Qian, D.; Zhang, R.; Guo, D.; Wen, W.; Zhang, D.; Yang, J.; Zhao, D.; Liu, H.

    2014-04-01

    Utilizing the Cold Target Recoil Ions Momentum Spectrometer (COLTRIMS), dissociative ionization of argon cluster was experimentally investigated by electron impact. The recoil ions produced both in the pure ionization process and the dissociative ionization channels are measured with collision energies from 100 and 1000 eV. The ratios of the dimer ions from pure ionization (Ar2P+) and the dimer ions from small cluster dissociation (Ar+2D) to the atomic argon ion (Ar+) in different stagnation pressures were obtained.

  18. Energy loss of ions and ion clusters in a disordered electron gas

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    Nersisyan, Hrachya B.; Das, Amal K.

    2004-04-01

    The various aspects of the correlated stopping power of pointlike and extended ions moving in a disordered degenerate electron gas have been analytically and numerically studied. Within the linear response theory we have made a systematic and comprehensive investigation of correlated stopping power, vicinage function, and related quantities for protons and extended ions, as well as for their clusters. The disorder, which leads to a damping of plasmons and quasiparticles in the electron gas, is taken into account through a relaxation time approximation in the linear response function. The stopping power for an arbitrary extended ion with a single bound electron is calculated in both the low- and high velocity limitsy. Our analytical results show that in a high velocity limit the main logarithmic contribution to the stopping power for an extened ion is significantly modified and for instance, in the case of He+ , Li2+ , and Be3+ ions must behave as ln ( A v5 ) , ln ( A v3.25 ) , and ln ( A v2.77 ) , respectively where v is the ion velocity. This behavior may be contrasted with the usual ln ( v2 ) dependence for a point ion projectile. It is shown that the factor A which depends on the damping can be significantly reduced by increasing the latter. In order to highlight the effects of damping we present a comparison of our analytical and numerical results, in the case of both pointlike and extended ions, obtained for a nonzero damping with those for a vanishing damping.

  19. Production of strange clusters in relativistic heavy ion collisions

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    Dover, C.B.; Baltz, A.J.; Pang, Yang; Schlagel, T.J.; Kahana, S.H.

    1993-02-01

    We address a number of issues related to the production of strangeness in high energy heavy ion collisions, including the possibility that stable states of multi-strange hyperonic or quark matter might exist, and the prospects that such objects may be created and detected in the laboratory. We make use of events generated by the cascade code ARC to estimate the rapidity distribution dN/dy of strange clusters produced in Si+Au and Au+Au collisions at AGS energies. These calculations are performed in a simple coalescence model, which yields a consistent description of the strange cluster (d, [sup 3]HE, [sup 3]H, [sup 4]He) production at these energies. If a doubly strange, weakly bound [Lambda][Lambda] dibaryon exists, we find that it is produced rather copiously in Au+Au collisions, with dN/dy [approximately]0.1 at raid-rapidity. If one adds another non-strange or strange baryon to a cluster, the production rate decreases by roughly one or two orders of magnitude, respectively. For instance, we predict that the hypernucleus [sub [Lambda][Lambda

  20. Stability and structure of cluster ions: Halide ions with CO2

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    Hiraoka, Kenzo; Mizuse, Susumu; Yamabe, Shinichi

    1987-09-01

    Thermodynamic data, ΔH0n-1,n and ΔS0n-1,n, for clustering reactions of halide ions with CO2 were measured with a pulsed electron-beam high-pressure mass spectrometer. The large value of -ΔH00,1 (32.3 kcal/mol) and a sudden decrease of -ΔH01,2 (7.3 kcal/mol) for reaction F-(CO2)n-1+CO2=F-(CO2)n indicate the formation of the core ion, not F-ṡCO2, but FCO-2, i.e., FCO-2 is the fluoroformate ion. The measured binding energies -ΔH0n-1,n for the clusters F-(CO2)n were reproduced satisfactorily by the ab initio MO calculations. The FCO-2 ion is attacked successively and electrostatically by five CO2 molecules to form the first solvation shell. The two oxygen atoms in the core ion FCO-2 are able to accept four CO2 molecules as ligands. The bonding of CI-, Br-, and I- to CO2 is found to be mainly electrostatic.

  1. Method of precisely modifying predetermined surface layers of a workpiece by cluster ion impact therewith

    DOEpatents

    Friedman, L.; Beuhler, R.J.; Matthew, M.W.; Ledbetter, M.

    1984-06-25

    A method of precisely modifying a selected area of a workpiece by producing a beam of charged cluster ions that is narrowly mass selected to a predetermined mean size of cluster ions within a range of 25 to 10/sup 6/ atoms per cluster ion, and accelerated in a beam to a critical velocity. The accelerated beam is used to impact a selected area of an outer surface of the workpiece at a preselected rate of impacts of cluster ions/cm/sup 2//sec in order to effect a precise modification in that selected area of the workpiece.

  2. Method of precisely modifying predetermined surface layers of a workpiece by cluster ion impact therewith

    DOEpatents

    Friedman, Lewis; Buehler, Robert J.; Matthew, Michael W.; Ledbetter, Myron

    1985-01-01

    A method of precisely modifying a selected area of a workpiece by producing a beam of charged cluster ions that is narrowly mass selected to a predetermined mean size of cluster ions within a range of 25 to 10.sup.6 atoms per cluster ion, and accelerated in a beam to a critical velocity. The accelerated beam is used to impact a selected area of an outer surface of the workpiece at a preselected rate of impacts of cluster ions/cm.sup.2 /sec. in order to effect a precise modification in that selected area of the workpiece.

  3. Nonlinear damage effect in graphene synthesis by C-cluster ion implantation

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    Zhang Rui; Zhang Zaodi; Wang Zesong; Wang Shixu; Wang Wei; Fu Dejun; Liu Jiarui

    2012-07-02

    We present few-layer graphene synthesis by negative carbon cluster ion implantation with C{sub 1}, C{sub 2}, and C{sub 4} at energies below 20 keV. The small C-clusters were produced by a source of negative ion by cesium sputtering with medium beam current. We show that the nonlinear effect in cluster-induced damage is favorable for graphene precipitation compared with monomer carbon ions. The nonlinear damage effect in cluster ion implantation shows positive impact on disorder reduction, film uniformity, and the surface smoothness in graphene synthesis.

  4. A bent electrostatic ion beam trap for simultaneous measurements of fragmentation and ionization of cluster ions.

    PubMed

    Aviv, O; Toker, Y; Errit, M; Bhushan, K G; Pedersen, H B; Rappaport, M L; Heber, O; Schwalm, D; Zajfman, D

    2008-08-01

    We describe a bent electrostatic ion beam trap in which cluster ions of several keV kinetic energy can be stored on a V-shaped trajectory by means of an electrostatic deflector placed between two electrostatic mirrors. While maintaining all the advantages of its linear counterpart [Zajfman et al., Phys. Rev. A 55, R1577 (1997); Dahan et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69, 76 (1998)], such as long storage times, straight segments, and a field-free region for merged or crossed beam experiments, the bent trap allows for simultaneous measurement of charged and neutral fragments and determination of the average kinetic energy released in the fragmentation. These unique properties of the bent trap are illustrated by first results concerning the competition between delayed fragmentation and ionization of Al(n) (-) clusters after irradiation by a short laser pulse. PMID:19044339

  5. The ionization potentials of atomic ions in laser-irradiated Ar, Kr and Xe clusters

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    Gets, A. V.; Krainov, V. P.

    2006-04-01

    The ionization potentials of atomic ions in laser-irradiated Ar, Kr and Xe clusters are derived as functions of electron temperature. These potentials decrease significantly compared to the case of the isolated atomic ions because of the screening effect by the atomic ions and electrons inside the cluster. The results can be used for derivations of inner ionization by impact collisions of hot electrons with atomic ions and by the static Coulomb field of the ionized cluster. The broadening of atomic states by the quasistatic Holtsmark field of atomic ions is also considered.

  6. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry with transmission of energetic primary cluster ions through foil targets

    SciTech Connect

    Hirata, K.; Saitoh, Y.; Chiba, A.; Yamada, K.; Matoba, S.; Narumi, K.

    2014-03-15

    We developed time-of-flight (TOF) secondary ion (SI) mass spectrometry that provides informative SI ion mass spectra without needing a sophisticated ion beam pulsing system. In the newly developed spectrometry, energetic large cluster ions with energies of the order of sub MeV or greater are used as primary ions. Because their impacts on the target surface produce high yields of SIs, the resulting SI mass spectra are informative. In addition, the start signals necessary for timing information on primary ion incidence are provided by the detection signals of particles emitted from the rear surface of foil targets upon transmission of the primary ions. This configuration allows us to obtain positive and negative TOF SI mass spectra without pulsing system, which requires precise control of the primary ions to give the spectra with good mass resolution. We also successfully applied the TOF SI mass spectrometry with energetic cluster ion impacts to the chemical structure characterization of organic thin film targets.

  7. Evaluation of surface damage on organic materials irradiated with Ar cluster ion beam

    SciTech Connect

    Yamamoto, Y.; Ichiki, K.; Ninomiya, S.; Matsuo, J.; Seki, T.; Aoki, T.

    2011-01-07

    The sputtering yields of organic materials under large cluster ion bombardment are much higher than those under conventional monomer ion bombardment. The sputtering rate of arginine remains constant with fluence for an Ar cluster ion beam, but decreases with fluence for Ar monomer. Additionally, because Ar cluster etching induces little damage, Ar cluster ion can be used to achieve molecular depth profiling of organic materials. In this study, we evaluated the damage to poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) and arginine samples irradiated with Ar atomic and Ar cluster ion beams. Arginine samples were analyzed by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and PMMA samples were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The chemical structure of organic materials remained unchanged after Ar cluster irradiation, but was seriously damaged. These results indicated that bombardment with Ar cluster ions induced less surface damage than bombardment with Ar atomic ion. The damage layer thickness with 5 keV Ar cluster ion bombardment was less than 1 nm.

  8. Production of strange clusters in relativistic heavy ion collisions

    SciTech Connect

    Dover, C.B.; Baltz, A.J.; Pang, Yang; Schlagel, T.J.; Kahana, S.H.

    1993-02-01

    We address a number of issues related to the production of strangeness in high energy heavy ion collisions, including the possibility that stable states of multi-strange hyperonic or quark matter might exist, and the prospects that such objects may be created and detected in the laboratory. We make use of events generated by the cascade code ARC to estimate the rapidity distribution dN/dy of strange clusters produced in Si+Au and Au+Au collisions at AGS energies. These calculations are performed in a simple coalescence model, which yields a consistent description of the strange cluster (d, {sup 3}HE, {sup 3}H, {sup 4}He) production at these energies. If a doubly strange, weakly bound {Lambda}{Lambda} dibaryon exists, we find that it is produced rather copiously in Au+Au collisions, with dN/dy {approximately}0.1 at raid-rapidity. If one adds another non-strange or strange baryon to a cluster, the production rate decreases by roughly one or two orders of magnitude, respectively. For instance, we predict that the hypernucleus {sub {Lambda}{Lambda}}{sup 6}He should have dN/dy {approximately}5 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} for Au+Au central collisions. It should be possible to measure the successive {Lambda} {yields} p{pi}{minus} weak decays of this object. We comment on the possibility that conventional multi-strange hypernuclei may serve as ``doorway states`` for the production of stable configurations of strange quark matter, if such states exist.

  9. Kinetic energy of ions after Coulomb explosion of clusters induced by an intense laser pulse

    SciTech Connect

    Islam, Md. Ranaul; Saalmann, Ulf; Rost, Jan M.

    2006-04-15

    It is shown that the kinetic-energy distribution of ions emerging from a cluster target irradiated by an intense laser pulse arises from three main effects: (1) the spatial profile of the laser beam (2) the cluster size distribution in the experiment, and (3) possible saturation effects in the cluster ionization. Our model reveals that each of these effects leaves a characteristic fingerprint in the ion kinetic-energy spectrum. Moreover, it provides a quantitative link between observable ion spectra under experimental conditions and the ideal single-cluster result of a typical calculation.

  10. New gas phase inorganic ion cluster species and their atmospheric implications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Maerk, T. D.; Peterson, K. I.; Castleman, A. W., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    Recent experimental laboratory observations, with high-pressure mass spectroscopy, have revealed the existence of previously unreported species involving water clustered to sodium dimer ions, and alkali metal hydroxides clustered to alkali metal ions. The important implications of these results concerning the existence of such species are here discussed, as well as how from a practical aspect they confirm the stability of certain cluster species proposed by Ferguson (1978) to explain masses recently detected at upper altitudes using mass spectrometric techniques.

  11. New gas phase inorganic ion cluster species and their atmospheric implications

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    Maerk, T. D.; Peterson, K. I.; Castleman, A. W., Jr.

    1980-06-01

    Recent experimental laboratory observations, with high-pressure mass spectroscopy, have revealed the existence of previously unreported species involving water clustered to sodium dimer ions, and alkali metal hydroxides clustered to alkali metal ions. The important implications of these results concerning the existence of such species are here discussed, as well as how from a practical aspect they confirm the stability of certain cluster species proposed by Ferguson (1978) to explain masses recently detected at upper altitudes using mass spectrometric techniques.

  12. Cluster ion beam polishing for inertial confinement fusion target capsules

    SciTech Connect

    McEachern, R., LLNL

    1998-06-09

    Targets for Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) typically consist of a hollow, spherical capsule filled with a mixture of hydrogen isotopes. Typically, these capsules are irradiated by short, intense pulses of either laser light (``direct drive``) or laser-generated. x-rays (``indirect drive``), causing them to implode This compresses and heats the fuel, leading to thermonuclear fusion. This process is highly sensitive to hydrodynamic (e.g., Rayleigh-Taylor) instabilities, which can be initiated by imperfections in the target. Thus, target capsules must be spherical and smooth One of the lead capsule designs for the National Ignition Facility, a 1.8 MJ laser being built at Livermore, calls for a 2-mm- diam capsule with a 150-{micro}m-thick copper-doped beryllium wall. These capsules can be fabricated by sputter depositing the metal onto a spherical plastic mandrel. This results in surfaces with measured Rq`s of 50 to 150 nm, as measured with an atomic force microscope For optimal performance the roughness should be below 10 nm rms We have begun studying the use of ion cluster beam polishing as a means of improving the surface finish of as-deposited capsules In this approach, a batch of capsules would be agitated in a bounce pan inside a vacuum chamber during exposure to the cluster beam. This would ensure a uniform beam dose around the capsule. We have performed preliminary experiments on both Be flats and on a stationary Be capsule On the capsule, the measured Rq went from 64 nm before polishing to 15 nm after This result was obtained without any effort at process optimization. Similar smoothing was observed on the planar samples

  13. Traveling Wave Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry and Ab Initio Calculations of Phosphoric Acid Clusters

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    Lavanant, Hélène; Tognetti, Vincent; Afonso, Carlos

    2014-04-01

    Positive and negative ion electrospray mass spectra obtained from 50 mM phosphoric acid solutions presented a large number of phosphoric acid clusters: [(H3PO4)n + zH] z+ or [(H3PO4)n - zH] z- , with n up to 200 and z up to 4 for positively charged clusters, and n up to 270 and z up to 7 for negatively charged cluster ions. Ion mobility experiments allowed very explicit separation of the different charge states. Because of the increased pressures involved in ion mobility experiments, dissociation to smaller clusters was observed both in the trap and transfer areas. Voltages along the ion path could be optimized so as to minimize this effect, which can be directly associated with the cleavage of hydrogen bonds. Having excluded the ion mobility times that resulted from dissociated ions, each cluster ion appeared at a single drift time. These drift times showed a linear progression with the number of phosphoric atoms for cluster ions of the same charge state. Cross section calculations were carried out with MOBCAL on DFT optimized geometries with different hydrogen locations and with three types of atomic charges. DFT geometry optimizations yielded roughly spherical structures. Our results for nitrogen gas interaction cross sections showed that values were dependent on the atomic charges definition used in the MOBCAL calculation. This pinpointed the necessity to define a clear theoretical framework before any comparative interpretations can be attempted with uncharacterized compounds.

  14. Enhancing Secondary Ion Yields in Time of Flight-Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Using Water Cluster Primary Beams

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Low secondary ion yields from organic and biological molecules are the principal limitation on the future exploitation of time of flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) as a surface and materials analysis technique. On the basis of the hypothesis that increasing the density of water related fragments in the ion impact zone would enhance proton mediated reactions, a prototype water cluster ion beam has been developed using supersonic jet expansion methodologies that enable ion yields using a 10 keV (H2O)1000+ beam to be compared with those obtained using a 10 keV Ar1000+ beam. The ion yields from four standard compounds, arginine, haloperidol, DPPC, and angiotensin II, have been measured under static+ and high ion dose conditions. Ion yield enhancements relative to the argon beam on the order of 10 or more have been observed for all the compounds such that the molecular ion yield per a 1 μm pixel can be as high as 20, relative to 0.05 under an argon beam. The water beam has also been shown to partially lift the matrix effect in a 1:10 mixture of haloperidol and dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) that suppresses the haloperidol signal. These results provide encouragement that further developments of the water cluster beam to higher energies and larger cluster sizes will provide the ion yield enhancements necessary for the future development of TOF-SIMS. PMID:23718847

  15. Highly Charged Ions from Laser-Cluster Interactions: Local-Field-Enhanced Impact Ionization and Frustrated Electron-Ion Recombination

    SciTech Connect

    Fennel, Thomas; Ramunno, Lora; Brabec, Thomas

    2007-12-07

    Our molecular dynamics analysis of Xe{sub 147-5083} clusters identifies two mechanisms that contribute to the yet unexplained observation of extremely highly charged ions in intense laser cluster experiments. First, electron impact ionization is enhanced by the local cluster electric field, increasing the highest charge states by up to 40%; a corresponding theoretical method is developed. Second, electron-ion recombination after the laser pulse is frustrated by acceleration electric fields typically used in ion detectors. This increases the highest charge states by up to 90%, as compared to the usual assumption of total recombination of all cluster-bound electrons. Both effects together augment the highest charge states by up to 120%, in reasonable agreement with experiments.

  16. How to reliably detect molecular clusters and nucleation mode particles with Neutral cluster and Air Ion Spectrometer (NAIS)

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    Manninen, Hanna E.; Mirme, Sander; Mirme, Aadu; Petäjä, Tuukka; Kulmala, Markku

    2016-08-01

    To understand the very first steps of atmospheric particle formation and growth processes, information on the size where the atmospheric nucleation and cluster activation occurs, is crucially needed. The current understanding of the concentrations and dynamics of charged and neutral clusters and particles is based on theoretical predictions and experimental observations. This paper gives a standard operation procedure (SOP) for Neutral cluster and Air Ion Spectrometer (NAIS) measurements and data processing. With the NAIS data, we have improved the scientific understanding by (1) direct detection of freshly formed atmospheric clusters and particles, (2) linking experimental observations and theoretical framework to understand the formation and growth mechanisms of aerosol particles, and (3) parameterizing formation and growth mechanisms for atmospheric models. The SOP provides tools to harmonize the world-wide measurements of small clusters and nucleation mode particles and to verify consistent results measured by the NAIS users. The work is based on discussions and interactions between the NAIS users and the NAIS manufacturer.

  17. Improvement of biological time-of-flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry imaging with a bismuth cluster ion source.

    PubMed

    Touboul, David; Kollmer, Felix; Niehuis, Ewald; Brunelle, Alain; Laprévote, Olivier

    2005-10-01

    A new liquid metal ion gun (LMIG) filled with bismuth has been fitted to a time-of-flight-secondary ion mass spectrometer (TOF-SIMS). This source provides beams of Bi(n)q+ clusters with n = 1-7 and q = 1 and 2. The appropriate clusters have much better intensities and efficiencies than the Au3+ gold clusters recently used in TOF-SIMS imaging, and allow better lateral and mass resolution. The different beams delivered by this ion source have been tested for biological imaging of rat brain sections. The results show a great improvement of the imaging capabilities in terms of accessible mass range and useful lateral resolution. Secondary ion yields Y, disappearance cross sections sigma, efficiencies E = Y/sigma , and useful lateral resolutions deltaL have been compared using the different bismuth clusters, directly onto the surface of rat brain sections and for several positive and negative secondary ions with m/z ranging from 23 up to more than 750. The efficiency and the imaging capabilities of the different primary ions are compared by taking into account the primary ion current for reasonable acquisition times. The two best primary ions are Bi3+ and Bi5(2+). The Bi3+ ion beam has a current at least five times larger than Au3+ and therefore is an excellent beam for large-area imaging. Bi5(2+) ions exhibit large secondary ions yields and a reasonable intensity making them suitable for small-area images with an excellent sensitivity and a possible useful lateral resolution <400 nm. PMID:16112869

  18. Cluster ion beam assisted fabrication of metallic nanostructures for plasmonic applications

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    Saleem, Iram; Tilakaratne, Buddhi P.; Li, Yang; Bao, Jiming; Wijesundera, Dharshana N.; Chu, Wei-Kan

    2016-08-01

    We report a high-throughput, single-step method for fabricating rippled plasmonic nanostructure arrays via self-assembly induced by oblique angle cluster ion beam irradiation of metal surfaces. This approach does not require lithographic or chemical processes and has the prominent advantage of possible large surface area coverage and applicability to different starting materials. The polarization dependent plasmonic property of the gold nano-ripple is due to their one dimension structure. The localized plasmon resonance frequency of synthesized nano-ripple arrays is tunable by changing nano-ripple dimensions that can be engineered by changing the cluster ion beam irradiation parameters. In this specific case presented, using 30 keV Ar-gas cluster ion beam, we fabricate gold nano-ripple arrays that show localized plasmon resonance in the visible range through near IR range, tunable by varying cluster ion irradiation fluence.

  19. Near-Threshold Photodetachment Cross Section of (SF6)(n)(-) Cluster Anions: The Ion Core Structure.

    PubMed

    Luzon, Itamar; Nagler, Maoz; Chandrasekaran, Vijayanand; Heber, Oded; Strasser, Daniel

    2016-01-21

    Photodetachment cross sections as a function of photon energy are measured for cold (SF6)n(-) cluster anions stored in an electrostatic ion beam trap. Absolute photodetachment cross sections near the adiabatic limit are reported. The strong dependence of the SF6(-) absolute photodetachment cross section on the anion equilibrium bond length leads to the conclusion that the excess charge is localized on a SF6(-) ion core that is only subtly perturbed by the neighboring cluster units. PMID:26667587

  20. Lithium borate cluster salts as novel redox shuttles for overcharge protection of lithium-ion cells.

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, Z.; Liu, J.; Jansen, A. N.; Casteel, B.; Amine, K.; GirishKumar, G.; Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

    2010-01-01

    Redox shuttle is a promising mechanism for intrinsic overcharge protection in lithium-ion cells and batteries. Two lithium borate cluster salts are reported to function as both the main salt for a nonaqueous electrolyte and the redox shuttle for overcharge protection. Lithium borate cluster salts with a tunable redox potential are promising candidates for overcharge protection for most positive electrodes in state-of-the-art lithium-ion cells.

  1. Clustering recognition model for intermediate energy heavy ion reactions

    SciTech Connect

    Garcia-Solis, E.J.; Mignerey, A.C.

    1996-07-01

    A clustering model which allows the recognition of mass fragments from dynamical simulations has been developed. Studying the evolution of a microscopic computation based on the nuclear Boltzman equation, a suitable time is chosen to define bound clusters. At this stopping time the cluster cores for each member of the distribution are defined as a function of the overall density. Then an iterative routine is applied to estimate the coalescence of the surrounding nucleons. Once the fragment formation has been established, a statistical decay code is used to generate the final fragment distributions. Applications are shown to the reactions {sup 129}Xe + {sup nat}Cu at 50 MeV/nucleon and {sup 139}La on {sup 27}Al and {sup nat}Cu at 45 MeV/nucleon. A general improvement in cluster identification is found over approaches where a standard cluster separation algorithm has been used. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  2. Cluster ion distributions and correlation with fragment valence in laser-induced mass spectra of oxides

    SciTech Connect

    Michiels, E.; Bijbels, R.

    1984-06-01

    Laser microprobe mass analysis (LAMMA) spectra are described for binary oxides belonging to different groups in the periodic table. The positive and negative cluster ion distributions show a strong correlation with the valence electron configuration of the metal in the oxide. The bond dissociation energy of the MO/sup +/ ion also affects the intensity distributions. 20 references, 10 figures.

  3. Cluster ion beam profiling of organics by secondary ion mass spectrometry--does sodium affect the molecular ion intensity at interfaces?

    PubMed

    Green, Felicia M; Gilmore, Ian S; Seah, Martin P

    2008-12-01

    The use of cluster ion beam sputtering for depth profiling organic materials is of growing technological importance and is a very active area of research. At the 44th IUVSTA Workshop on "Sputtering and Ion Emission by Cluster Ion Beams", recent results were presented of a cluster ion beam depth profile of a thin organic molecular layer on a silicon wafer substrate. Those data showed that the intensity of molecular secondary ions is observed to increase at the interface and this was explained in terms of the higher stopping power in the substrate and a consequently higher sputtering yield and even higher secondary ion molecular sputtering yield. An alternative hypothesis was postulated in the workshop discussion which may be paraphrased as: "under primary ion bombardment of an organic layer, mobile ions such as sodium may migrate to the interface with the inorganic substrate and this enhancement of the sodium concentration increases the ionisation probability, so increasing the molecular ion yield observed at the interface". It is important to understand if measurement artefacts occur at interfaces for quantification as these are of great technological relevance - for example, the concentration of drug in a drug delivery system. Here, we evaluate the above hypothesis using a sample that exhibits regions of high and low sodium concentration at both the organic surface and the interface with the silicon wafer substrate. There is no evidence to support the hypothesis that the probability of molecular secondary ion ionisation is related to the sodium concentration at these levels. PMID:19039819

  4. Voltage dependence of cluster size in carbon films using plasma immersion ion implantation

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    McKenzie, D. R.; Tarrant, R. N.; Bilek, M. M. M.; Pearce, G.; Marks, N. A.; McCulloch, D. G.; Lim, S. H. N.

    2003-05-01

    Carbon films were prepared using a cathodic arc with plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII). Using Raman spectroscopy to determine cluster size, a comparison is made between cluster sizes at high voltage and a low duty cycle of pulses with the cluster sizes produced at low voltage and a higher duty cycle. We find that for ion implantation in the range 2-20 kV, the cluster size depends more on implantation energy ( E) than implantation frequency ( f), unlike stress relief, which we have previously shown [M.M.M. Bilek, et al., IEEE Trans. in Plasma Sci., Proceedings 20th ISDEIV 1-5 July 2002, Tours, France, Cat. No. 02CH37331, IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, USA, p. 95] to be dependent on the product Ef. These differences are interpreted in terms of a model in which the ion impacts create thermal spikes.

  5. Structure and dynamics of ion clusters in linear octupole traps: Phase diagrams, chirality, and melting mechanisms

    SciTech Connect

    Yurtsever, E.; Onal, E. D.; Calvo, F.

    2011-05-15

    The stable structures and melting dynamics of clusters of identical ions bound by linear octupole radiofrequency traps are theoretically investigated by global optimization methods and molecular dynamics simulations. By varying the cluster sizes in the range of 10-1000 ions and the extent of trap anisotropy by more than one order of magnitude, we find a broad variety of stable structures based on multiple rings at small sizes evolving into tubular geometries at large sizes. The binding energy of these clusters is well represented by two contributions arising from isotropic linear and octupolar traps. The structures generally exhibit strong size effects, and chiral arrangements spontaneously emerge in many crystals. Sufficiently large clusters form nested, coaxial tubes with different thermal stabilities. As in isotropic octupolar clusters, the inner tubes melt at temperatures that are lower than the overall melting point.

  6. Charge Retention by Gold Clusters on Surfaces Prepared Using Soft Landing of Mass Selected Ions

    SciTech Connect

    Johnson, Grant E.; Priest, Thomas A.; Laskin, Julia

    2012-01-24

    Monodisperse gold clusters have been prepared on surfaces in different charge states through soft landing of mass-selected ions. Ligand-stabilized gold clusters were prepared in methanol solution by reduction of chloro(triphenylphosphine)gold(I) with borane tert-butylamine complex in the presence of 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane. Electrospray ionization was used to introduce the clusters into the gas-phase and mass-selection was employed to isolate a single ionic cluster species (Au11L53+, L = 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane) which was delivered to surfaces at well controlled kinetic energies. Using in-situ time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) it is demonstrated that the Au11L53+ cluster retains its 3+ charge state when soft landed onto the surface of a 1H,1H,2H,2H-

  7. Sputtered metal and silicon cluster ions: collision-induced fragmentation and neutralization

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    Begemann, W.; Hector, R.; Liu, Y. Y.; Tiggesbäumker, J.; Meiwes-Broer, K. H.; Lutz, H. O.

    1989-03-01

    Mass separated metal and silicon cluster ion beams M{/n +, -} are produced by sputtering and undergo fragmenting and/or neutralizing collisions at different kinetic energies (100 1800 eV) in Ar and SF6. Fragment patterns induced by rare gas collisions open a way to determine ionization potentials and electron affinities of clusters. These values are compared to known experimental and theoretical data. For negatively charged clusters the absorption in gas targets is mainly due to neutralization, the cross sections varying with cluster material, number of atoms and collision partner from 10 Å2 to about 50 Å2.

  8. Clustered DNA damages induced by high and low LET radiation, including heavy ions

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    Sutherland, B. M.; Bennett, P. V.; Schenk, H.; Sidorkina, O.; Laval, J.; Trunk, J.; Monteleone, D.; Sutherland, J.; Lowenstein, D. I. (Principal Investigator)

    2001-01-01

    Clustered DNA damages--here defined as two or more lesions (strand breaks, oxidized purines, oxidized pyrimidines or abasic sites) within a few helical turns--have been postulated as difficult to repair accurately, and thus highly significant biological lesions. Further, attempted repair of clusters may produce double strand breaks (DSBs). However, until recently, there was no way to measure ionizing radiation-induced clustered damages, except DSB. We recently described an approach for measuring classes of clustered damages (oxidized purine clusters, oxidized pyrimidine clusters, abasic clusters, along with DSB). We showed that ionizing radiation (gamma rays and Fe ions, 1 GeV/amu) does induce such clusters in genomic DNA in solution and in human cells. These studies also showed that each damage cluster results from one radiation hit (and its track), thus indicating that they can be induced by very low doses of radiation, i.e. two independent hits are not required for cluster induction. Further, among all complex damages, double strand breaks comprise--at most-- 20%, with the other clustered damages being at least 80%.

  9. 20 Years History of Fundamental Research on Gas Cluster Ion Beams, and Current Status of the Applications to Industry

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    Yamada, Isao

    2006-11-01

    This paper reviews the development of gas cluster ion beam (GCIB) technology, including the generation of cluster beams, fundamental characteristics of cluster ion to solid surface interactions, emerging industrial applications, and identification of some of the significant events which occurred as the technology has evolved into what it is today. More than 20 years have passed since the author first began to explore feasibility of processing by gas cluster ion beams at the Ion Beam Engineering Experimental Laboratory of Kyoto University. Processes employing ions of gaseous material clusters comprised of a few hundred to many thousand atoms are now being developed into a new field of ion beam technology. Cluster-surface collisions produce important non-linear effects which are being applied to shallow junction formation, to etching and smoothing of semiconductors, metals, and dielectrics, to assisted formation of thin films with nano-scale accuracy, and to other surface modification applications.

  10. A dual cryogenic ion trap spectrometer for the formation and characterization of solvated ionic clusters

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    Marsh, Brett M.; Voss, Jonathan M.; Garand, Etienne

    2015-11-28

    A new experimental approach is presented in which two separate cryogenic ion traps are used to reproducibly form weakly bound solvent clusters around electrosprayed ions and messenger-tag them for single-photon infrared photodissociation spectroscopy. This approach thus enables the vibrational characterization of ionic clusters comprised of a solvent network around large and non-volatile ions. We demonstrate the capabilities of the instrument by clustering water, methanol, and acetone around a protonated glycylglycine peptide. For water, cluster sizes with greater than twenty solvent molecules around a single ion are readily formed. We further demonstrate that similar water clusters can be formed around ions having a shielded charge center or those that do not readily form hydrogen bonds. Finally, infrared photodissociation spectra of D{sub 2}-tagged GlyGlyH{sup +} ⋅ (H{sub 2}O){sub 1−4} are presented. They display well-resolved spectral features and comparisons with calculations reveal detailed information on the solvation structures of this prototypical peptide.

  11. Matrix effects in biological SIMS using cluster ion beams of different chemical composition.

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    Alnajeebi, Afnan M; Vickerman, John C; Lockyer, Nicholas P

    2016-06-01

    The influence of the matrix effect on secondary ion yield presents a very significant challenge in quantitative secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analysis, for example, in determining the relative concentrations of metabolites that characterize normal biological activities or disease progression. Not only the sample itself but also the choice of primary ion beam may influence the extent of ionization suppression/enhancement due to the local chemical environment. In this study, an assessment of ionization matrix effects was carried out on model systems using C60 (+), Arn (+), and (H2O)n (+) cluster ion beams. The analytes are pure and binary mixtures of amino acids arginine and histidine biological standards. Ion beams of 20 keV were compared with a range of cluster sizes n = 1000-10 000. The component secondary ion yields were assessed for matrix effects using different primary ion beams and sample composition. The presence of water in the cluster beam is associated with a reduction in the observed matrix effects, suggesting that chemically reactive ion beams may provide a route to more quantitative SIMS analysis of complex biological systems. PMID:26825287

  12. Size-Restricted Proton Transfer within Toluene-Methanol Cluster Ions

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    Chiang, Chi-Tung; Shores, Kevin S.; Freindorf, Marek; Furlani, Thomas; DeLeon, Robert L.; Garvey, James F.

    2009-01-01

    To understand the interaction between toluene and methanol, the chemical reactivity of {(C6H5CH3)(CH3OH)n=1-7}+ cluster ions has been investigated via tandem quadrupole mass spectrometry and through calculations. Collision Induced Dissociation (CID) experiments show that the dissociated intracluster proton transfer reaction from the toluene cation to methanol clusters, forming protonated methanol clusters, only occurs for n=2-4. For n=5-7, CID spectra reveal that these larger clusters have to sequentially lose methanol monomers until they reach n=4 to initiate the deprotonation of the toluene cation. Metastable decay data indicate that for n=3 and n=4 (CH3OH)3H+ is the preferred fragment ion. The calculational result reveals that both the gross proton affinity of the methanol subcluster and the structure of the cluster itself play an important role in driving this proton transfer reaction. When n=3, the cooperative effect of the methanols in the subcluster provides the most important contribution to allow the intracluster proton transfer reaction to occur with little or no energy barrier. As n≥4, the methanol subcluster is able to form ring structures to stabilize the cluster structures so that direct proton transfer is not a favored process. The preferred reaction product, the (CH3OH)3H+ cluster ion, indicates that this size-restricted reaction is driven by both the proton affinity and the enhanced stability of the resulting product. PMID:18950147

  13. Depth resolution at organic interfaces sputtered by argon gas cluster ions: the effect of energy, angle and cluster size.

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    Seah, M P; Spencer, S J; Havelund, R; Gilmore, I S; Shard, A G

    2015-10-01

    An analysis is presented of the effect of experimental parameters such as energy, angle and cluster size on the depth resolution in depth profiling organic materials using Ar gas cluster ions. The first results are presented of the incident ion angle dependence of the depth resolution, obtained at the Irganox 1010 to silicon interface, from profiles by X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS). By analysis of all relevant published depth profile data, it is shown that such data, from delta layers in secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), correlate with the XPS data from interfaces if it is assumed that the monolayers of the Irganox 1010 adjacent to the wafer substrate surface have an enhanced sputtering rate. SIMS data confirm this enhancement. These results show that the traditional relation for the depth resolution, FWHM = 2.1Y(1/3) or slightly better, FWHM = P(X)Y(1/3)/n(0.2), where n is the argon gas cluster size, and P(X) is a parameter for each material are valid both at the 45° incidence angle of the argon gas cluster sputtering ions used in most studies and at all angles from 0° to 80°. This implies that, for optimal depth profile resolution, 0° or >75° incidence may be significantly better than the 45° traditionally used, especially for the low energy per atom settings required for the best resolved profiles in organic materials. A detailed analysis, however, shows that the FWHM requires a constant contribution added in quadrature to the above such that there are minimal improvements at 0° or greater than 75°. A critical test at 75° confirms the presence of this constant contribution. PMID:26325511

  14. Rhodium Oxide Cluster Ions Studied by Thermal Desorption Spectrometry.

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    Mafuné, Fumitaka; Takenouchi, Masato; Miyajima, Ken; Kudoh, Satoshi

    2016-01-28

    Gas-phase rhodium oxide clusters, RhnOm(+), were investigated by measuring the rate constants of oxidation and thermal desorption spectrometry. RhnOm(+) was suggested to be categorized into different states as m/n ≤ 1, 1 < m/n ≤ 1.5, and 1.5 < m/n in terms of energy and kinetics. For m/n ≤ 1, the O atoms readily adsorbed on the cluster with a large binding energy until RhO was formed. Under the O2-rich environment, oxidation proceeded until Rh2O3 was formed with a moderate binding energy. In addition, O2 molecules attached weakly to the cluster, and Rh2O3 formed RhnOm(+) (1.5 < m/n). The energetics and geometries of Rh6Om(+) (m = 6-12) were obtained using density functional theory calculations and were found to be consistent with the experimental results. PMID:26730616

  15. Simultaneous detection and localization of secondary ions and electrons from single large cluster impacts

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    Eller, M. J.; Verkhoturov, S. V.; Fernandez-Lima, F. A.; DeBord, J. D.; Schweikert, E. A.; Della-Negra, S.

    2013-01-01

    The use of large cluster primary ions (e.g. C60, Au400) in secondary ion mass spectrometry has become prevalent in recent years due to their enhanced emission of secondary ions, in particular, molecular ions (MW ≤ 1500 Da). The co-emission of electrons with SIs was investigated per projectile impact. It has been found that SI and electrons yields increased with increasing projectile energy and size. The use of the emitted electrons from impacts of C60 for localization has been demonstrated for cholesterol deposited on a copper grid. The instrumentation, methodologies, and results from these experiments are presented. PMID:24163488

  16. Ion-induced annealing and amorphization of isolated damage clusters in Si

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    Battaglia, A. ); Priolo, F.; Rimini, E. ); Ferla, G. )

    1990-06-25

    The interaction between high-energy ion irradiation and pre-existing damage clusters dispersed in single-crystal Si is discussed. Silicon substrates were predamaged by low-dose 150 keV Au ions. Post-irradiation by 600 keV Kr{sup 2+} ions resulted in either damage annealing or damage accumulation, depending on the substrate temperature. The transition temperature between these two different regimes is 420 K. These data are discussed and compared with the ion beam induced epitaxy and amorphization of continuous surface amorphous layers.

  17. Infrared photofragmentation spectra of size-selected SF6ṡAr+n cluster ions

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    Winkel, J. F.; Woodward, C. A.; Jones, A. B.; Stace, A. J.

    1995-10-01

    Results are presented of a detailed experimental study of the infrared photofragmentation patterns of size-selected SF6ṡAr+n cluster ions for n in the range 3 to 70. Line-tuneable CO2 and N2O lasers have been used to excited the ν3 vibrational mode of the SF6 molecule which is followed by the loss of one and two argon atoms as the principal fragmentation routes. Which of the two processes is dominant depends quite strongly on the size of the cluster ion concerned, with very pronounced fluctuations in the relative intensities of photofragments being observed for cluster ions in the range SF6ṡAr+3 to SF6ṡAr+25. Only for SF6ṡAr+3 is the fragmentation pattern markedly different from that found for the other ions; an observation that supports an earlier conclusion regarding the relative ionisation energies of the two constituents [Stace et al. J. Phys. Chem. 97, 11363 (1993)]. A summation of fragment ion intensities as a function of laser wavelength is used to determine infrared absorption profiles and these have been recorded for individual clusters containing up to 70 argon atoms. Clusters containing fewer than 40 argon atoms appear to form single structures, with both the absorption profile shapes and selected hole-burning experiments suggesting that the number of isomers is small. The presence of isomers only appears to become significant when the clusters contain more than 40 argon atoms. The observation of site splittings for the triply degenerate ν3 vibrational mode of SF6, together with the comparatively narrow linewidths seen for clusters containing between 15 and 40 rare gas atoms, indicates the presence of ordered structures. Such a conclusion implies that the clusters are solidlike rather than liquidlike. Overall, the results demonstrate that there is a clear correlation between those criteria previously used to identify the presence of stable cluster ion structures, i.e., mass spectra and unimolecular fragmentation patterns, and the corresponding

  18. Electron and Ion Emission from Clusters exposed to Strong Laser Fields

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    Tiggesbämker, Josef

    2006-03-01

    When clusters interact with intense optical laser pulses energetic and highly charged atomic fragment ions e.g. are generated^1. In contrast to atoms the efficiency of the process could be enhanced by choosing a pair of optical delayed pulses instead of a single but more intense femtosecond pulse^2. In metals the stronger charging of the clusters can qualitatively be explained by a plasmon enhanced ionization process. We extended our studies and have made a compared analysis of the emission of highly charged ions and energetic electrons the interaction dynamics of intense femtosecond laser fields with nanometer-sized silver clusters. Using a pair of laser pulses with variable optical delay the time-dependent cluster response is resolved. A dramatic increase both in the atomic charge state of the ions and the maximum electron kinetic energy is observed for a certain delay of the pulses. Corresponding Vlasov calculations on a metal cluster model system indicate that enhanced cluster ionization as well as the generation of fast electrons coincide with resonant plasmon excitation.^3 *L. Köller, M. Schumacher, J. Köhn, S. Teuber, J. Tiggesbäumker, and K.-H. Meiwes-Broer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 3783 (1999). *T. Döppner, Th. Fennel, Th. Diederich, J. Tiggesb äumker, and K.-H. Meiwes-Broer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 013401 (2005). *Th. Fennel, G.F. Bertsch, and K.-H. Meiwes-Broer, Eur. Phys. J. D 29, 367 (2004).

  19. Gas cluster ion beam assisted NiPt germano-silicide formation on SiGe

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    Ozcan, Ahmet S.; Lavoie, Christian; Alptekin, Emre; Jordan-Sweet, Jean; Zhu, Frank; Leith, Allen; Pfeifer, Brian D.; LaRose, J. D.; Russell, N. M.

    2016-04-01

    We report the formation of very uniform and smooth Ni(Pt)Si on epitaxially grown SiGe using Si gas cluster ion beam treatment after metal-rich silicide formation. The gas cluster ion implantation process was optimized to infuse Si into the metal-rich silicide layer and lowered the NiSi nucleation temperature significantly according to in situ X-ray diffraction measurements. This novel method which leads to more uniform films can also be used to control silicide depth in ultra-shallow junctions, especially for high Ge containing devices, where silicidation is problematic as it leads to much rougher interfaces.

  20. Dependence of multiply charged ions on the polarization state in nanosecond laser-benzene cluster interaction

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    Wang, Weiguo; Zhao, Wuduo; Hua, Lei; Hou, Keyong; Li, Haiyang

    2016-05-01

    This paper investigated the dependence of multiply charged ions on the laser polarization state when benzene cluster was irradiated with 532 and 1064 nm nanosecond laser. A circle, square and flower distribution for C2+, C3+ and C4+ were observed with 532 nm laser respectively, while flower petals for C2+, C3+ and C4+ were observed at 1064 nm as the laser polarization varied. A theoretical calculation was performed to interpret the polarization state and wavelength dependence of the multiply charged ions. The simulated results agreed well with the experimental observation with considering the contribution from the cluster disintegration.

  1. Study of clusters using negative ion photodetachment spectroscopy

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    Zhao, Yuexing

    1995-12-01

    The weak van der Waals interaction between an open-shell halogen atom and a closed-shell atom or molecule has been investigated using zero electron kinetic energy (ZEKE) spectroscopy. This technique is also applied to study the low-lying electronic states in GaAs and GaAs{sup {minus}}. In addition, the spectroscopy and electron detachment dynamics of several small carbon cluster anions are studied using resonant multiphoton detachment spectroscopy.

  2. Metal etching with reactive gas cluster ion beams using pickup cell

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    Toyoda, Noriaki; Yamada, Isao

    2012-11-06

    Mixed gas cluster ion beams were formed using pickup cell for metal etching. O{sub 2} neutral clusters pick up acetic acid and formed mixed cluster beam. By using O{sub 2}-GCIB with acetic acid, enhancement of Cu etching was observed. Because of dense energy deposition by GCIB, etching of Cu proceeds by CuO formation, enhancement of chemical reaction with acetic acid and desorption of etching products. Surface roughening was not observed on poly crystalline Cu because of the small dependence of etching rate on crystal orientation. Halogen free and low-temperature metal etching with GCIB using pickup cell is possible.

  3. The detection of fast neutral fragments following the photodissociation of krypton cluster ions

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    Smith, J. A.; Winkel, J. F.; Jones, A. B.; Stace, A. J.; Whitaker, B. J.

    1994-05-01

    Mass and kinetic energy resolved krypton cluster ions, Kr+n, have been photodissociated in the entrance to a time-of-flight (TOF) device of variable length. The subsequent deflection of all ions allowed for time resolved measurements to be undertaken on the neutral photofragments. Following the absorption of a photon (hν=2.33 eV), all cluster ions up to Kr+25 were found to eject one or, possibly, two neutral atoms with relatively high kinetic energies. An analysis of the laser polarization dependence of this event showed that the atoms are ejected on a time scale which is short compared with the rotational period of a cluster (10-100 ps). Remaining internal energy within the cluster ions is dissipated through the further loss of neutral atoms, but with low kinetic energies. The latter process is found to be isotropic with respect to the angle of polarization of the laser radiation. Kinetic energy releases calculated from the TOF spectra exhibit a gradual decline as a function of cluster size out as far as Kr+13 and, thereafter, maintain a constant value. This pattern of behavior is significantly different from that observed previously [Smith et al., J. Chem. Phys. 97, 397 (1992)] for argon cluster ions, Ar+n. A careful analysis of the kinetic energy data for Kr+3 photodissociation reveals that, in at least one of the reaction paths, the Kr+ fragment can only be formed in the ground spin-orbit state. This observation implies that photofragmentation proceeds via a 1(1/2)g←1(1/2)u transition. The implications of this result for the analogous Ar+3 photofragmentation are discussed.

  4. Isolated and clustered DNA lesions induced by high-energy iron and carbon ions

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    Ide, H.; Tanaka, R.; Nakaarai, Y.; Terato, H.; Furusawa, Y.

    During space flight astronauts are exposed to various types of radiation from sun and galactic cosmic rays, the latter of which contain high-energy charged particles such as Fe and C ions. The radiation risk to astronauts toward such high-energy charged particles has been assessed by ground-based experiments. When irradiated by ionizing radiation, DNA molecules suffer from oxidation of bases and strand breaks. The distribution of these lesions along the DNA strand may differ significantly between densely ionizing high-energy Fe and C ions and sparsely ionizing radiation like 60Co gamma-rays. Among various types of DNA damage, bistranded clustered lesions comprised of multiple oxidized bases or strand breaks on opposite strands within a few helical turns are of particular interest since they are assumed to be resistant to repair or induce faulty repair, hence resulting in cell killing and mutations. In the present study, we have analyzed isolated and clustered DNA lesions generated by high-energy Fe and C ions to elucidate the nature of DNA lesions. Plasmid DNA (pDEL19) was irradiated in 10 mM Tris buffer (pH 7.5) by Fe (500 MeV/amu) and C (290 MeV/amu) ions and 60Co gamma-rays. Single-strand breaks (SSB) and double-strand breaks (DSB) were quantified by analysis of conformational changes using agarose gel electrophoresis. For quantification of isolated and bistranded clustered base lesions, irradiated plasmid was exhaustively digested prior to agarose gel analysis by Endo III and Fpg that preferentially incise DNA at oxidative pyrimidine and purine lesions, respectively. The yield (site/Gy/nucleotide) of isolated damages (SSB and bases lesions) tended to decrease with increasing LET [gamma (0.2 keV/μ m) < C (13 keV/μ m) < Fe (200 keV/μ m)]. The yield of DSB was decreased similarly, but that of clustered base lesions was virtually constant. As a result, the spectra of clustered damage changed in an LET-dependent manner: the fraction of clustered base lesions in

  5. Multiphoton ionization of ions, neutrals, and clusters. Final report

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    Wessel, J.

    1995-12-28

    A multiyear research program investigating molecular detection methods based on multiphoton spectroscopy has been completed under DOE sponsorship. A number of new laser-based spectroscopic methods were developed and applied to a variety of aromatic hydrocarbons, including monomer and cluster species. The objectives of sensitivities approaching single molecule detection combined with high selectivity were achieved. This report references the status of the field at the beginning of this work and summarizes the significant progress during the period from 1987 onward. Detailed scientific findings from the studies are presented in the published literature referenced throughout this report.

  6. Photodissociation spectroscopy and dynamics of free radicals, clusters, and ions

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    Hyeon, Choi

    1999-12-16

    The photodissociation spectroscopy and dynamics of free radicals and ions is studied to characterize the dissociative electronic states in these species. To accomplish this, a special method of radical production, based on the photodetachment of the corresponding negative ion, has been combined with the technique of fast beam photofragment translational spectroscopy. The photofragment yield as a function of photon energy is obtained, mapping out the dissociative and predissociative electronic states. Branching ratios to various product channels, the translational energy distributions of the fragments, and bond dissociation energies are then determined at selected photon energies. The detailed picture of photodissociation dynamics is provided with the aid of ab initio calculations and a statistical model to interpret the observed data. Important reaction intermediates in combustion reactions have been studied: CCO, C{sub 2}H{sub 5}O, and linear C{sub n} (n = 4--6).

  7. Conical octopole ion guide: Design, focusing, and its application to the deposition of low energetic clusters

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    Roettgen, Martin A.; Judai, Ken; Antonietti, Jean-Marie; Heiz, Ueli; Rauschenbach, Stephan; Kern, Klaus

    2006-01-15

    A design of a radio-frequency (rf) octopole ion guide with truncated conical rods arranged in a conical geometry is presented. The performance is tested in a cluster deposition apparatus used for the soft-landing of size-selected clusters on well-characterized substrates used as a model system in heterogeneous catalysis in ultrahigh vacuum. This device allows us to focus 500 pA of a mass-selected Ni{sub 20}{sup +} cluster ion beam from 9 mm down to a spot size of 2 mm in diameter. The transmittance is 70%{+-}5% at a rf voltage of 420 V{sub pp} applied over an amateur radio transceiver with an interposed homemade amplifier-transformer circuit. An increase of the cluster density by a factor of 15 has been achieved. Three ion trajectories are simulated by using SIMION6, which are relevant for this focusing device: transmitted, reflected, and absorbed. The observed effects in the simulations can be successfully explained by the adiabatic approximation. The focusing behavior of the conical octopole lens is demonstrated by experiment and simulations to be a very useful technique for increasing molecule or cluster densities on a substrate and thus reducing deposition time.

  8. The energetics and dynamics of free radicals, ions, and clusters. Progress report, April 1992--March 1993

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    Baer, T.

    1993-04-01

    Structure and energetics of free radicals, ions, and clusters are being investigated by photoelectron photoion coincidence and analyzed using ab initio molecular orbital and statistical theory (RRKM). Molecules or free radicals are prepared in a molecular beam. Translational temperature is found from measured time of flight peakwidth; the vibrational temperature, from shift in dissociation onset. Free radicals are produced by pyrolysis in the nozzle; their subsequent cooling is demonstrated. Ion dissociation rates in the range from 10{sup 4} to 10{sup 7} s{sup {minus}1} are measured from the asymmetric TOF distribution; this method was used to measure the dissociation rates of cold and warm butene ions. 2 figs.

  9. Site-Specific Fragmentation of Polystyrene Molecule Using Size-Selected Ar Gas Cluster Ion Beam

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    Moritani, Kousuke; Mukai, Gen; Hashinokuchi, Michihiro; Mochiji, Kozo

    2009-04-01

    The secondary ion mass spectrum (SIMS) of a polystyrene thin film was investigated using a size-selected Ar gas cluster ion beam (GCIB). The fragmentation in the SIM spectrum varied by kinetic energy per atom (Eatom); the Eatom dependence of the secondary ion intensity of the fragment species of polystyrene can be essentially classified into three types based on the relationship between Eatom and the dissociation energy of a specific bonding site in the molecule. These results indicate that adjusting Eatom of size-selected GCIB may realize site-specific bond breaking within a molecule.

  10. Summary of Industry-Academia Collaboration Projects on Cluster Ion Beam Process Technology

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    Yamada, Isao; Matsuo, Jiro; Toyoda, Noriaki

    2008-11-01

    Processes employing clusters of ions comprised of a few hundred to many thousand atoms are now being developed into a new field of ion beam technology. Cluster-surface collisions produce important non-linear effects which are being applied to shallow junction formation, to etching and smoothing of semiconductors, metals, and dielectrics, to assisted formation of thin films with nano-scale accuracy, and to other surface modification applications. In 2000, a four year R&D project for development of industrial technology began in Japan under funding from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Subjects of the projects are in areas of equipment development, semiconductor surface processing, high accuracy surface processing and high-quality film formation. In 2002, another major cluster ion beam project which emphasized nano-technology applications has started under a contract from the Ministry of Economy and Technology for Industry (METI). This METI project involved development related to size-selected cluster ion beam equipment and processes, and development of GCIB processes for very high rate etching and for zero damage etching of magnetic materials and compound semiconductor materials. This paper describes summery of the results.

  11. High resolution ion mobility measurements of peptides, proteins, and atomic clusters

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    Hudgins, Robert Ransone

    1999-12-01

    A novel high resolution ion mobility apparatus has been constructed and applied to the study of atomic clusters and biological molecules in the gas phase. The resolving power of the high resolution apparatus is over an order of magnitude higher than has been achieved using conventional injected-ion drift tube techniques. A number of advantages of the experimental configuration, in addition to the higher resolution, are described. High resolution ion mobility measurements have been performed on atomic clusters of various composition. Several isomers for carbon cluster anions have been resolved for the first time. By comparison to computationally derived structures, detailed structural information can be extracted from the measurements. For small carbon cluster anions, ``tadpole'' isomers, where a short carbon chain is attached to a carbon ring, have been identified. Mobility measurements for (NaCl)nCl- clusters have revealed multiple isomers with the same fcc packing but different j x k x l dimensions. Metastable (NaCl)nCl- geometries isomerize on the timescale of the mobility measurements (hundreds of milliseconds). Rate constants and activation energies for the isomerization processes are extracted directly from the mobility measurements; the activation energies are found to be remarkably low. Indium and silicon cluster mobilities are found to be sensitive to the degree of electron spillout from the surface of the cluster, as revealed in differences in the anionic and cationic cluster mobilities. Mobility measurements of solvent-free biological molecules reveal important information about their intramolecular forces. Due to the gentle ion sampling in the high resolution ion mobility apparatus electrospray interface, high resolution mobilities of gas-phase proteins are found to be sensitive to the nature of the electrosprayed solution. Although calculations have shown that neutral polyalanine in vacuo is mostly helical, gas- phase polyalanine ions, AnH+, are found

  12. Generation of intense and cold beam of Pt-Ag bi-element cluster ions having single-composition

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    Yasumatsu, H.

    2011-07-01

    An intense beam of bi-element Pt-Ag cluster ions with a single atomic-composition has been gained toward development of new-functional materials of the clusters fixed on a solid surface. Mass production of the bi-element cluster ions has been achieved by operating dual magnetron-sputtering devices independently in a gas aggregation cell, and the ions having a single composition are filtered out by passing through a quadrupole mass filter. The kinetic energies of the cluster ions have been reduced by collision with cold helium in order for low-energy cluster-impact deposition of the clusters on the surface. The cooling process was examined further by means of molecular-dynamics simulation.

  13. Molecular dynamics simulation of bipartite bimetallic clusters under low-energy argon ion bombardment

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    Shirokorad, D. V.; Kornich, G. V.; Buga, S. G.

    2016-02-01

    The evolution of bipartite bimetallic atomic clusters within 5 ps under bombardment with monoenergetic argon ions at the initial energy ranging from 1 eV to 1.4 keV has been simulated by the classical molecular dynamics method with a target obtained from Ni‒Al and Cu‒Au clusters consisting of 78 and 390 atoms, equally divided between the corresponding monometallic parts, the simulated pairs of which have different heats of intermixing. The changes in the potential energy and temperature, the sputtering yields, and the intensity of the ion-stimulated movement of atoms at the interface of the monometallic parts of clusters of both sizes have been determined as functions of the energy of the bombardment.

  14. Evolution of nanoripples on silicon by gas cluster-ion irradiation

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    Lozano, Omar; Chen, Q. Y.; Wadekar, P. V.; Chinta, P. V.; Tilakaratne, B. P.; Wang, X. M.; Wijesundera, D.; Chu, W. K.; Seo, H. W.; Tu, L. W.; Ho, N. J.

    2013-06-15

    Si wafers of (100), (110) and (111) orientations were bombarded by gas cluster ion beam (GCIB) of 3000 Ar-atoms/cluster on average at a series of angles. Similar surface morphology ripples developed in different nanoscales. A simple scaling functional satisfactorily describe the roughness and wavelength of the ripple patterns as a function of dosage and angle of incidence. The ripples are formed orthogonal to the incident cluster-ions at large off-normal angles. An ellipsoidal pattern was created by two consecutive irradiations incident in mutually orthogonal directions with unequal exposure times between each irradiation, from 7:1 to 10:1, beyond which the original ripple imprints would be over-written. This work was inspired by use of the ripples to seed growth of controlled nanostructures without patterning by lithography or predeposition of catalysts.

  15. Enhancing ion yields in time-of-flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry: a comparative study of argon and water cluster primary beams.

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    Sheraz née Rabbani, Sadia; Razo, Irma Berrueta; Kohn, Taylor; Lockyer, Nicholas P; Vickerman, John C

    2015-02-17

    Following from our previous Letter on this topic, this Article reports a detailed study of time-of-flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) positive ion spectra generated from a set of model biocompounds (arginine, trehalose, DPPC, and angiotensin II) by water cluster primary ion beams in comparison to argon cluster beams over a range of cluster sizes and energies. Sputter yield studies using argon and water beams on arginine and Irganox 1010 have confirmed that the sputter yields using water cluster beams lie on the same universal sputtering curve derived by Seah for argon cluster beams. Thus, increased ion yield using water cluster beams must arise from increased ionization. The spectra and positive ion signals observed using cluster beams in the size range from 1,000 to 10,000 and the energy range 5-20 keV are reported. It is confirmed that water cluster beams enhance proton related ionization over against argon beams to a significant degree such that enhanced detection sensitivities from 1 μm(2) in the region of 100 to 1,000 times relative to static SIMS analysis with Ar2000 cluster beams appear to be accessible. These new studies show that there is an unexpected complexity in the ionization enhancement phenomenon. Whereas optimum ion yields under argon cluster bombardment occur in the region of E/n ≥ 10 eV (where E is the beam energy and n the number of argon atoms in the cluster) and fall rapidly when E/n < 10 eV; for water cluster beams, ion yields increase significantly in this E/n regime (where n is the number of water molecules in the cluster) and peak for 20 keV beams at a cluster size of 7,000 or E/n ∼3 eV. This important result is explored further using D2O cluster beams that confirm that in this low E/n regime protonation does originate to a large extent from the water molecules. The results, encouraging in themselves, suggest that for both argon and water cluster beams, higher energy beams, e.g., 40 and 80 keV, would enable larger

  16. Femtosecond probing of sodium cluster ion Na sub n sup + fragmentation

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    Baumert, T.; Roettgermann, C.; Rothenfusser, C.; Thalweiser, R.; Weiss, V.; Gerber, G. )

    1992-09-07

    We report on the first femtosecond time-resolved experiments in cluster physics. The photofragmentation dynamics of small sodium cluster ions Na{sub {ital n}}{sup +} have been studied with pump-probe techniques. Ultrashort laser pulses of 60-fs duration are employed to photoionize the sodium clusters and to probe the photofragments. We find that the ejection of neutral dimer Na{sub 2} and, observed for the first time, neutral trimer Na{sub 3} photofragments occur on ultrashort time scales of 2.5 and 0.4 ps, respectively. This and the absence of cluster heating reveals that direct photoinduced fragmentation processes are important at short times rather than the statistical unimolecular decay.

  17. Accumulation of structural defects in silicon irradiated with PF{sub n}{sup +} cluster ions with medium energies

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    Azarov, A. Yu. Titov, A. I.

    2007-01-15

    The method of Rutherford backscattering spectrometry in combination with channeling is used to study the accumulation of structural defects in silicon at room temperature as a result of irradiation with P{sup +} and F{sup +} atomic ions and also with cluster PF{sub n}{sup +} ions (n = 1, ..., 4) with the energy of 2.1 keV/amu and with identical generation rate of primary defects. The conditions for correct comparison of the results of bombardment with atomic and cluster ions composed of atoms of various types are suggested. It is found that the characteristics of accumulation of structural defects in silicon in the case of bombardment with PF{sub n}{sup +} cluster ions differ widely from those under irradiation with both atomic ions that are involved in the cluster ion (P{sup +} and F{sup +}) and with atomic heavy ions that have atomic mass close to that of the mass of a PF{sub n}{sup +} cluster. It is shown that, with irradiation conditions being the same, cluster ions produce much more radiation defects in the surface region than do atomic ions; i.e., a molecular effect is observed. Plausible mechanisms of this phenomenon are considered.

  18. Stable stoichiometry of gas-phase cerium oxide cluster ions and their reactions with CO.

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    Nagata, Toshiaki; Miyajima, Ken; Mafuné, Fumitaka

    2015-03-12

    Cerium oxide cluster ions, Ce(n)O(2n+x)(+) (n = 2-9, x = -1 to +2), were prepared in the gas phase by laser ablation of a cerium oxide rod in the presence of oxygen diluted in He as the carrier gas. The stable stoichiometry of the cluster ions was investigated using a mass spectrometer in combination with a newly developed post heating device. The oxygen-rich clusters, Ce(n)O(2n+x)(+) (x = 1, 2), were found to release oxygen molecules, and Ce(n)O(2n+x)(+) (x = -1, 0) were exclusively formed by post heating treatment at 573 K. The Ce(n)O(2n-1)(+) and Ce(n)O(2n)(+) clusters were found to be thermally stable, and the oxygen-rich clusters consisted of robust Ce(n)O(2n-1)(+) and Ce(n)O(2n)(+) and weakly bound oxygen atoms. Evaluation of the reactivity of Ce(n)O(2n+x)(+) with CO molecules demonstrated that Ce(n)O(2n)(+) oxidized CO to form Ce(n)O(2n-1)(+) and CO2, and the rate constants of the reaction were in the range of 10(-12)-10(-16) cm(3) s(-1). The CO oxidation reaction was distinct for n = 5, which occurred in parallel with the CO attachment reaction. PMID:25651032

  19. Molecular Dynamics simulation of Ru flattening by Gas Cluster Ion Beam

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    Matsukuma, Masaaki; Matsuzaki, Kazuyoshi; Inaba, Kenji; Miura, Ryuji; Suzuki, Ai; Hatakeyama, Nozomu; Miyamoto, Akira

    2014-10-01

    Noble metals such as platinum or ruthenium have been hardly used in the semiconductor devices in spite of their physical and electrical properties, because they were hard to process. High energy monomer ion beams which can cut hard materials may induce structural damages. A gas cluster ion beam (GCIB) consists of a few thousands of atoms or molecules and is accelerated up to several tens keV. GCIB is able to realize localized high energy deposition with low energy per components in the cluster. This means that each component in clusters cannot have enough energy to react with surface. On the other hand, the clusters with tens keV of kinetic energy may make a high reactive field at the hypocenter areas. In consequence it is expected that the GCIB irradiation should achieve the metal processing with low damage. Recently flattening of Ru thin films using GCIB is reported. We conducted molecular dynamics simulation of GCIB incident to Ru surface with the in-house interatomic potential models obtained based on the quantum chemical calculations and found that the internal degree of freedom of a cluster played important roles during the GCIB bombardment.

  20. Intracluster Ion Molecule Reactions Following the Generation of Mg+ Within Polar Clusters

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    Alsharaeh, Edreese H.

    2011-01-01

    In this work we investigated the intracluster ion molecule reactions following the generation of Mg+ within the polar clusters (water, methanol, ether and acetonitrile), using time of flight mass spectrometry. In the case of Mg+/water and Mg+/methanol, dehydrogenation reactions are observed after the addition of five molecules. However, no dehydrogenation reactions are observed in the case of Mg+/ether or Mg+/acetonitrile clusters. This confirms the role of the H atom in (O–H) in the dehydrogenation reaction, and rules out any contribution from the H atom in the CH3 group. In addition, the magic numbers in the time of flight (TOF) mass spectra of the Mg+Xn clusters (X = H2O, CH3OH, CH3OCH3 and CH3CN) have been investigated. Finally, the role of ground electronic magnesium ion Mg+(2S1/2), and excited electronic magnesium ion Mg+(2P1/2) in the dehydrogenation reaction were investigated using Ion Mobility Mass spectrometry. The results offer direct evidence confirming the absence of the electronically excited, Mg+(2P1/2). PMID:22272121

  1. Intracluster ion molecule reactions following the generation of Mg+ within polar clusters.

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    Alsharaeh, Edreese H

    2011-01-01

    In this work we investigated the intracluster ion molecule reactions following the generation of Mg(+) within the polar clusters (water, methanol, ether and acetonitrile), using time of flight mass spectrometry. In the case of Mg(+)/water and Mg(+)/methanol, dehydrogenation reactions are observed after the addition of five molecules. However, no dehydrogenation reactions are observed in the case of Mg(+)/ether or Mg(+)/acetonitrile clusters. This confirms the role of the H atom in (O-H) in the dehydrogenation reaction, and rules out any contribution from the H atom in the CH(3) group. In addition, the magic numbers in the time of flight (TOF) mass spectra of the Mg(+)X(n) clusters (X = H(2)O, CH(3)OH, CH(3)OCH(3) and CH(3)CN) have been investigated. Finally, the role of ground electronic magnesium ion Mg(+)((2)S(1/2)), and excited electronic magnesium ion Mg(+)((2)P(1/2)) in the dehydrogenation reaction were investigated using Ion Mobility Mass spectrometry. The results offer direct evidence confirming the absence of the electronically excited, Mg(+)((2)P(1/2)). PMID:22272121

  2. Secondary ion counting for surface-sensitive chemical analysis of organic compounds using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy with cluster ion impact ionization

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    Hirata, K.; Saitoh, Y.; Chiba, A.; Yamada, K.; Takahashi, Y.; Narumi, K.

    2011-03-15

    We report suitable secondary ion (SI) counting for surface-sensitive chemical analysis of organic compounds using time-of-flight (TOF) SI mass spectroscopy, based on considerably higher emission yields of SIs induced by cluster ion impact ionization. A SI counting system for a TOF SI mass spectrometer was developed using a fast digital storage oscilloscope, which allows us to perform various types of analysis as all the signal pulses constituting TOF SI mass spectra can be recorded digitally in the system. Effects of the SI counting strategy on SI mass spectra were investigated for C{sub 8} and C{sub 60} cluster ion impacts on an organically contaminated silicon wafer and on polytetrafluoroethylene targets by comparing TOF SI mass spectra obtained from the same recorded signals with different SI counting procedures. Our results show that the use of a counting system, which can cope with high SI yields, is necessary for quantitative analysis of SI mass spectra obtained under high SI yield per impact conditions, including the case of cluster ion impacts on organic compounds.

  3. Probing Dynamics from Within in Negative Ions, Neutral Molecules and van der Waals Clusters

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    Berrah, Nora

    2006-05-01

    We have investigated with unprecedented levels of detail, processes and phenomena involving photodetachment of negative ions and photoionization of molecules and van der Waals clusters using the brightness, spectral resolution, tunability and polarization of the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Photodetachment of negative ions exhibit structure and processes differing substantially from corresponding processes in neutral and positive ions, owing to the dominance of correlation in both the initial and final states. We will report on investigations carried out in inner-valence CN^- molecules giving rise to absolute double photodetachment cross sections as well as on fragmentation of negative ions clusters. We will also present absolute inner-shell photodetachment of atoms leading to multi-Auger decay [1] and discuss threshold laws [2] and PCI effects [3]. The measurements were conducted using collinear photon-ion spectroscopy. The evolution of inner-shell photoionization of clusters, as a function of photon energy, will be presented and compared to analogous measurements in atoms. The measurements were conducted using angle resolved two-dimensional photoelectron spectroscopy. Molecular fragmentation results using an ion imaging detector will briefly be presented. [1] R. C. Bilodeau, J. D. Bozek, G. D. Ackerman, N. D. Gibson, C. W.Walter, A. Aguilar, G. Turri, I. Dumitriu and N. Berrah, PRA 72, 050701(R), 2005. [2] R. C. Bilodeau, J. D. Bozek, N. D. Gibson, C. W. Walter, G. D. Ackerman, I. Dumitriu, and N. Berrah, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 083001 (2005). [3] R. C. Bilodeau, J. D. Bozek, A. Agular, G. D. Ackerman, and N. Berrah, (in press PRA brief report).

  4. Negative Ion Photoelectron Spectroscopy Reveals Thermodynamic Advantage of Organic Acids in Facilitating Formation of Bisulfate Ion Clusters: Atmospheric Implications

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    Hou, Gao-Lei; Lin, Wei; Deng, Shihu; Zhang, Jian; Zheng, Weijun; Paesani, Francesco; Wang, Xue B.

    2013-03-07

    Recent lab and field measurements have indicated critical roles of organic acids in enhancing new atmospheric aerosol formation. Such findings have stimulated theoretical studies with the aim of understanding interaction of organic acids with common aerosol nucleation precursors like bisulfate (HSO4-). In this Letter, we report a combined negative ion photoelectron spectroscopic and theoretical investigation of molecular clusters formed by HSO4- with succinic acid (SUA, HO2C(CH2)2CO2H), HSO4-(SUA)n (n = 0-2), along with HSO4-(H2O)n and HSO4-(H2SO4)n. It is found that one SUA molecule can stabilize HSO4- by ca. 39 kcal/mol, triple the corresponding value that one water molecule is capable of (ca. 13 kcal/mol). Molecular dynamics simulations and quantum chemical calculations reveal the most plausible structures of these clusters and attribute the stability of these clusters due to formation of strong hydrogen bonds. This work provides direct experimental evidence showing significant thermodynamic advantage by involving organic acid molecules to promote formation and growth in bisulfate clusters and aerosols.

  5. Drift and clustering of daughter negative ions of H2O in parent gas

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    de Urquijo, J.; Bekstein, A.; Ruiz-Vargas, G.; Gordillo-Vázquez, F. J.

    2013-01-01

    The mobility of daughter negative ions of H2O in parent gas has been measured with a pulsed Townsend technique over the density-reduced field strength, E/N, range 9-100 Td and a pressure range 2-16 Torr. It has been found that the mobility of the anions is dependent on the gas pressure. Using a transport theory considering the influence of the permanent dipole field of H2O, we have found that the pressure-dependent mobilities can be associated with a series of cluster ions of the type OH-(H2O)n (n = 1-3), with the mass of the cluster species increasing with the total gas pressure. Also, the mobility of H- and OH- could be estimated. Using a Townsend avalanche simulator we have been able to explain the measured ionic currents in terms of an ion-molecule reaction scheme with a single set of swarm and reaction coefficients for each value of the density-reduced field strength, E/N, at several pressures. Regarding the positive ions, the only drifting ion is H3O+, the mobility of which could be estimated. The rate constants relative to the formation of the OH-(H2O)n (n = 1-3) species were also derived from this study.

  6. Enhanced performance of anion exchange membranes via crosslinking of ion cluster regions for fuel cells

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    Lai, Ao Nan; Guo, Dong; Lin, Chen Xiao; Zhang, Qiu Gen; Zhu, Ai Mei; Ye, Mei Ling; Liu, Qing Lin

    2016-09-01

    Development of anion exchange membranes (AEMs) with high hydroxide conductivity, good dimensional and alkaline stabilities is still a challenge for the practical application of AEM fuel cells. In this study, we report a new strategy to prepare high-performance AEMs with crosslinked ionic regions. A series of phenolphthalein-containing poly(arylene ether sulfone)s crosslinked AEMs was synthesized by grafting ion groups selectively and densely on the phenolphthalein units to form ion clusters that are further crosslinked to generate the hydrophilic ionic regions. The crosslinking reaction not only improved the dimensional stability of the AEMs, but also increased the aggregation of the ion clusters leading to the formation of hydrophilic/hydrophobic phase-separated morphology and ion-conducting channels. As a result, enhancements in both ion conductivity and dimensional stability can be achieved. The crosslinked AEMs showed high hydroxide conductivities in the range of 52.2-143.4 mS cm-1 from 30 to 80 °C and a superb ratio of relative conductivity to relative swelling at 80 °C. Furthermore, the crosslinked AEMs also exhibited good mechanical properties, thermal and alkaline stabilities and desirable single cell performance. This work presents a promising strategy for the synthesis of high-performance AEMs for fuel cells.

  7. Structures, Hydration, and Electrical Mobilities of Bisulfate Ion-Sulfuric Acid-Ammonia/Dimethylamine Clusters: A Computational Study.

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    Tsona, Narcisse T; Henschel, Henning; Bork, Nicolai; Loukonen, Ville; Vehkamäki, Hanna

    2015-09-17

    Despite the well-established role of small molecular clusters in the very first steps of atmospheric particle formation, their thermochemical data are still not completely available due to limitation of the experimental techniques to treat such small clusters. We have investigated the structures and the thermochemistry of stepwise hydration of clusters containing one bisulfate ion, sulfuric acid, base (ammonia or dimethylamine), and water molecules using quantum chemical methods. We found that water facilitates proton transfer from sulfuric acid or the bisulfate ion to the base or water molecules, and depending on the hydration level, the sulfate ion was formed in most of the base-containing clusters. The calculated hydration energies indicate that water binds more strongly to ammonia-containing clusters than to dimethylamine-containing and base-free clusters, which results in a wider hydrate distribution for ammonia-containing clusters. The electrical mobilities of all clusters were calculated using a particle dynamics model. The results indicate that the effect of humidity is negligible on the electrical mobilities of molecular clusters formed in the very first steps of atmospheric particle formation. The combination of the results of this study with those previously published on the hydration of neutral clusters by our group provides a comprehensive set of thermochemical data on neutral and negatively charged clusters containing sulfuric acid, ammonia, or dimethylamine. PMID:26304742

  8. Smoothing metallic glasses without introducing crystallization by gas cluster ion beam

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    Shao, Lin; Chen, Di; Myers, Michael; Wang, Jing; Tilakaratne, Buddhi; Wijesundera, Dharshana; Chu, Wei-Kan; Xie, Guoqiang; Zare, Arezoo; Lucca, Don A.

    2013-03-11

    We show that 30 keV Ar cluster ion bombardment of Ni{sub 52.5}Nb{sub 10}Zr{sub 15}Ti{sub 15}Pt{sub 7.5} metallic glass (MG) can remove surface mountain-like features and reduce the root mean square surface roughness from 12 nm to 0.7 nm. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals no crystallization after cluster ion irradiation. Molecular dynamics simulations show that, although damage cascades lead to local melting, the subsequent quenching rate is a few orders of magnitude higher than the critical cooling rate for MG formation, thus the melted zone retains its amorphous nature down to room temperature. These findings can be applied to obtain ultra-smooth MGs without introducing crystallization.

  9. Cluster Ion Spectrometry (CIS) data quality indexes as a support for analysing magnetospheric measurements

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    Dandouras, Iannis; Barthe, Alain; Brunato, Sylvain; Rème, Henri; Laakso, Harri

    2016-04-01

    The Cluster Science Archive (CSA) aims at preserving the complete set of the measurements collected by the four Cluster spacecraft, so that they are usable in the long-term by the world-wide scientific community as well as by the instrument teams. This implies that the instrument data, properly calibrated, are filed together with the descriptive and documentary elements making it possible to select and interpret them. The CIS (Cluster Ion Spectrometry) experiment is a comprehensive ionic plasma spectrometry package onboard the Cluster spacecraft, capable of obtaining full three-dimensional ion distributions (about 0 to 40 keV/e) with a time resolution of one spacecraft spin (4 sec) and with mass-per-charge composition determination. For the archival of the CIS data a multi-level approach has been adopted. The CSA archival includes processed raw data, moments of the ion distribution functions, and calibrated high-resolution data in a variety of physical units. The latter are 3-D ion distribution functions, 2-D pitch-angle distributions and 1-D omni-directional fluxes. The CIS data archive includes also experiment documentation, graphical products for browsing through the data, data caveats and data quality indexes. The later constitute a novel product, which has been prepared in order to help the user asses the quality of the data acquired in different magnetospheric regions and during various operational modes. It provides information on which are in each case the issues that can affect the data quality, which are the data products affected, and gives a simple quantitative measurement of the severity of these issues. The principle of the CIS data quality indexes will be described and the various issues, that can under some conditions affect the data quality and are thus taken into account in generating the data quality indexes, will be discussed.

  10. Ions colliding with clusters of fullerenes-Decay pathways and covalent bond formations

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    Seitz, F.; Zettergren, H.; Chen, T.; Gatchell, M.; Alexander, J. D.; Stockett, M. H.; Schmidt, H. T.; Cederquist, H.; Rousseau, P.; Chesnel, J. Y.; Capron, M.; Poully, J. C.; Mery, A.; Maclot, S.; Adoui, L.; Wang, Y.; Martin, F.; Rangama, J.; Domaracka, A.; Vizcaino, V. [CIMAP, UMR 6252, CEA and others

    2013-07-21

    We report experimental results for the ionization and fragmentation of weakly bound van der Waals clusters of n C{sub 60} molecules following collisions with Ar{sup 2+}, He{sup 2+}, and Xe{sup 20+} at laboratory kinetic energies of 13 keV, 22.5 keV, and 300 keV, respectively. Intact singly charged C{sub 60} monomers are the dominant reaction products in all three cases and this is accounted for by means of Monte Carlo calculations of energy transfer processes and a simple Arrhenius-type [C{sub 60}]{sub n}{sup +}{yields}C{sub 60}{sup +}+(n-1)C{sub 60} evaporation model. Excitation energies in the range of only {approx}0.7 eV per C{sub 60} molecule in a [C{sub 60}]{sub 13}{sup +} cluster are sufficient for complete evaporation and such low energies correspond to ion trajectories far outside the clusters. Still we observe singly and even doubly charged intact cluster ions which stem from even more distant collisions. For penetrating collisions the clusters become multiply charged and some of the individual molecules may be promptly fragmented in direct knock-out processes leading to efficient formations of new covalent systems. For Ar{sup 2+} and He{sup 2+} collisions, we observe very efficient C{sub 119}{sup +} and C{sub 118}{sup +} formation and molecular dynamics simulations suggest that they are covalent dumb-bell systems due to bonding between C{sub 59}{sup +} or C{sub 58}{sup +} and C{sub 60} during cluster fragmentation. In the Ar{sup 2+} case, it is possible to form even smaller C{sub 120-2m}{sup +} molecules (m= 2-7), while no molecular fusion reactions are observed for the present Xe{sup 20+} collisions.

  11. Mass spectrometry of refractory black carbon particles from six sources: carbon-cluster and oxygenated ions

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    Corbin, J. C.; Sierau, B.; Gysel, M.; Laborde, M.; Keller, A.; Kim, J.; Petzold, A.; Onasch, T. B.; Lohmann, U.; Mensah, A. A.

    2013-10-01

    We discuss the major mass spectral features of different types of refractory carbonaceous particles, ionized after laser vapourization with an Aerodyne High-Resolution Soot-Particle Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (SP-AMS). The SP-AMS was operated with a switchable 1064 nm laser and a 600 °C thermal vapourizer, yielding respective measurements of the refractory and non-refractory particle components. Six samples were investigated, all of which were composed primarily of refractory material: fuel-rich and fuel-lean propane/air diffusion-flame combustion particles; graphite-spark-generated particles; a commercial Fullerene-enriched Soot; Regal Black, a commercial carbon black; and nascent aircraft-turbine combustion particles. All samples exhibited a spectrum of carbon-cluster ions Cxn+ in their refractory mass spectrum. Smaller clusters (x<6) were found to dominate the Cxn+ distribution. For Fullerene Soot, fuel-rich-flame particles and spark-generated particles, significant Cxn+ clusters at x≫6 were present, with significant contributions from multiply-charged ions (n>1). In all six cases, the ions C1+ and C3+ contributed over 60% to the total C1ions C1+/C3+ could be used to predict whether significant Cxn+ signals with x>5 were present. When such signals were present, C1+/C3+ was close to 1. When absent, C1+/C3+ was <0.8. This ratio may therefore serve as a proxy to distinguish between the two types of spectra in atmospheric SP-AMS measurements. Significant refractory oxygenated ions such as CO+ and CO2+ were also observed for all samples. We discuss these signals in detail for Regal Black, and describe their formation via decomposition of oxygenated moieties incorporated into the refractory carbon structure. These species may be of importance in atmospheric processes such as water uptake, aging and heterogeneous chemistry.

  12. Structure Determination of Noble Metal Clusters by Trapped Ion Electron Diffraction

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    Schooss, Detlef

    2006-03-01

    The structures of noble metal cluster ions have been studied by the recently developed technique of trapped ion electron diffraction (TIED)^1. In brief, cluster ions are generated by a magnetron sputter source and injected into a cooled (95 K) quadrupole ion trap. After mass selection and thermalization, the trapped ions are irradiated with a 40 keV electron beam. The resulting diffraction pattern is integrated with a CCD detector. The assignment of the structural motif is done via a comparison of the experimental and simulated scattering function, calculated from density functional theory structure calculations. The structures of mass selected silver cluster cations Ag19^+, Ag38^+, Ag55^+, Ag59^+, Ag75^+ and Ag79^+ have been investigated^2. The resulting experimental data are best described by structures based on the icosahedral motif, while closed packed structures could be ruled out. Additionally, we present a comparison of the structures of Cu20^+/-, Ag20^+/- and Au20^+/-. Our findings show unambiguously that the structure of Au20^- is predominantly given by a tetrahedron in agreement with the results of L.S. Wang et al.^3 In contrast, structures of Ag20^- and Cu20^- based on the icosahedral motif agree best with the experimental data. Small structural differences between the charge states are observed. The possibilities and limitations of the TIED method are discussed. (1) M. Maier-Borst, D. B. Cameron, M. Rokni, and J. H. Parks, Physical Review A 59 (5), R3162 (1999); S. Krückeberg, D. Schooss, M. Maier-Borst, and J. H. Parks, Physical Review Letters 85 (21), 4494 (2000). (2) D. Schooss, M.N. Blom, B. v. Issendorff, J. H. Parks, and M.M. Kappes, Nano Letters 5 (10), 1972 (2005). (3) J. Li, X. Li, H. J. Zhai, and L. S. Wang, Science 299, 864 (2003)

  13. Specific modification of polysulfone with cluster bombardment with assistance of Ar ion irradiation

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    Xu, Guochun; Hibino, Y.; Awazu, K.; Tanihara, M.; Imanishi, Y.

    2000-02-01

    Objective: To develop a rapid method for the modification of polysulfone with ammonium sulfamate with the assistance of Ar ion irradiation with a multi-source cluster deposition apparatus. These surfaces mimicking the structure of heparin, a bioactive molecule, have a high anti-thrombosis property. Experimental Design: Polysulfone film, setting on a turning holder, was irradiated by Ar ions during bombardment with ammonium sulfamate clusters. The Ar ion source serves for the activation of a polymer surface and a cluster ion source supplies ammonium sulfamate molecules to react with the activated surface. After thorough washing with de-ionized sterile water, the modified surfaces were evaluated in terms of the contact angle of water, elemental composition, and binding state on electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis and platelet adhesion with platelet rich plasma. Results: The modification of polysulfone decreased the contact angle of water on surfaces from 82.6 ° down to 34.5 °. Ammonium, amine, sulfate, and thiophene combinations were formed on the modified surfaces. The adhesion numbers of the platelet were decreased to one tenth compared to the original surface. The same process was also applied to other polymers such as polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene and similar outcomes were also observed. Conclusion: The primary studies showed successful modification of polysulfone with ammonium sulfamate with the assistance of Ar ion irradiation. Since the same concept can also be applied to other materials with various substrates, combined with the features of no solvent and no topographic changes, this method might be developed into a promising way for modification of polymeric materials.

  14. Interaction of plasma-generated water cluster ions with chemically-modified Si surfaces investigated by infrared absorption spectroscopy

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    Hirano-Iwata, Ayumi; Matsumura, Ryosuke; Ma, Teng; Kimura, Yasuo; Niwano, Michio; Nishikawa, Kazuo

    2016-03-01

    We have investigated the interaction of water cluster ions generated by discharge plasma, with chemically modified Si surfaces using infrared absorption spectroscopy in the multiple internal reflection geometry. We observe that water cluster ions readily adsorb on SiO2-covered Si surfaces to form water droplets. We demonstrate that positively- and negatively-charged cluster ions adsorb on the SiO2-covered Si surface in different manners, indicating ionic interaction of the water droplets with the negatively-charged SiO2 surface. Water droplets formed on the protein-coated surface rupture the amide bond of the proteins, suggesting the function of protein decomposition of water cluster ions.

  15. Distributions of deposited energy and ionization clusters around ion tracks studied with Geant4 toolkit

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    Burigo, Lucas; Pshenichnov, Igor; Mishustin, Igor; Hilgers, Gerhard; Bleicher, Marcus

    2016-05-01

    The Geant4-based Monte Carlo model for Heavy-Ion Therapy (MCHIT) was extended to study the patterns of energy deposition at sub-micrometer distance from individual ion tracks. Dose distributions for low-energy 1H, 4He, 12C and 16O ions measured in several experiments are well described by the model in a broad range of radial distances, from 0.5 to 3000 nm. Despite the fact that such distributions are characterized by long tails, a dominant fraction of deposited energy (∼80%) is confined within a radius of about 10 nm. The probability distributions of clustered ionization events in nanoscale volumes of water traversed by 1H, 2H, 4He, 6Li, 7Li, and 12C ions are also calculated. A good agreement of calculated ionization cluster-size distributions with the corresponding experimental data suggests that the extended MCHIT can be used to characterize stochastic processes of energy deposition to sensitive cellular structures.

  16. Optimum laser intensity for the production of energetic deuterium ions from laser-cluster interaction

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    Bang, W.; Dyer, G.; Quevedo, H. J.; Bernstein, A. C.; Gaul, E.; Rougk, J.; Aymond, F.; Donovan, M. E.; Ditmire, T.

    2013-09-01

    We measured, using Petawatt-level pulses, the average ion energy and neutron yield in high-intensity laser interactions with molecular clusters as a function of laser intensity. The interaction volume over which fusion occurred (1-10 mm3) was larger than previous investigations, owing to the high laser power. Possible effects of prepulses were examined by implementing a pair of plasma mirrors. Our results show an optimum laser intensity for the production of energetic deuterium ions both with and without the use of the plasma mirrors. We measured deuterium plasmas with 14 keV average ion energies, which produced 7.2 × 106 and 1.6 × 107 neutrons in a single shot with and without plasma mirrors, respectively. The measured neutron yields qualitatively matched the expected yields calculated using a cylindrical plasma model.

  17. Optimum laser intensity for the production of energetic deuterium ions from laser-cluster interaction

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    Bang, W.; Dyer, G.; Quevedo, H. J.; Bernstein, A. C.; Gaul, E.; Rougk, J.; Aymond, F.; Donovan, M. E.; Ditmire, T.

    2013-09-15

    We measured, using Petawatt-level pulses, the average ion energy and neutron yield in high-intensity laser interactions with molecular clusters as a function of laser intensity. The interaction volume over which fusion occurred (1–10 mm{sup 3}) was larger than previous investigations, owing to the high laser power. Possible effects of prepulses were examined by implementing a pair of plasma mirrors. Our results show an optimum laser intensity for the production of energetic deuterium ions both with and without the use of the plasma mirrors. We measured deuterium plasmas with 14 keV average ion energies, which produced 7.2 × 10{sup 6} and 1.6 × 10{sup 7} neutrons in a single shot with and without plasma mirrors, respectively. The measured neutron yields qualitatively matched the expected yields calculated using a cylindrical plasma model.

  18. Possible isomers in ligand protected Ag11 cluster ions identified by ion mobility mass spectrometry and fragmented by surface induced dissociation.

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    Baksi, Ananya; Harvey, Sophie R; Natarajan, Ganapati; Wysocki, Vicki H; Pradeep, Thalappil

    2016-03-01

    This communication reports the identification of gas phase isomers in monolayer-protected silver clusters. Two different isomers of Ag11(SG)7(-) (SG-gulathione thiolate) with different drift times have been detected using combined electrospray ionization (ESI) and ion mobility (IM) mass spectrometry (MS). Surface induced dissociation (SID) of the 3(-) charge state of such clusters shows charge stripping to give the 1(-) charged ion with some sodium attachment, in addition to fragmentation. SID and collision induced dissociation (CID) for Ag11(SG)7(-) suggest different pathways being accessed with each method. SID was introduced for the first time for the study of monolayer-protected clusters. PMID:26864967

  19. Structure and Spectroscopy of Hydrated Sodium Ions at Different Temperatures and the Cluster Stability Rules.

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    Fifen, Jean Jules; Agmon, Noam

    2016-04-12

    The sodium cation plays an important role in several physiological processes. Understanding its solvation may help understanding ion selectivity in sodium channels that are pivotal for nerve impulses. This paper presents a thorough investigation of over 75 isomers of gas-phase Na(+)(H2O)(n=1-8) clusters, whose optimized structures, energies, and (harmonic) vibrational frequencies were computed quantum mechanically at the full MP2/6-31++G(d,p) level of theory. From these data, we have calculated the temperature effects on the cluster thermodynamic functions, and thus the equilibrium Boltzmann distribution for each n. For a selected number of isomers, we have corrected the calculations for basis set superposition error (BSSE) to obtain accurate clustering energies, in excellent agreement with experiment. The computed clusters are overwhelmingly 4-coordinated, as opposed to bulk liquid water, where sodium cations are believed to be mostly 5- or 6-coordinated. To explain this, we suggest the "cluster stability rules", a set of coordination-number-dependent hydrogen-bond (HB) strengths that can be obtained using a single BSSE correction. Assuming additivity and transferability, these reproduce the relative stability of most of our computed isomers. These rules enable us to elucidate the trends in HB strengths, outlining the major determinants of cluster stability. For n = 4 and 5, we have also performed anharmonic vibrational calculations (VPT2) to compare with available photodissociation infrared spectra of these gas-phase clusters. The comparison suggests that the experiments actually monitor a mixture of predominantly 3-coordinated isomers, which is quite remote from the computed Boltzmann distribution, particularly at low temperatures. Surprisingly, for these experiments, water evaporation pathways can rationalize the non-equilibrium isomer distribution. The equilibrium isomer distribution is, in turn, rationalized by the entropy of internal rotations of "dangling

  20. Graphitic clusters in hydrogenated amorphous carbon induced by keV-ion irradiation

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    Compagnini, G.; Foti, G.; Reitano, R. ); Mondio, G. )

    1990-12-10

    Energy gap and hydrogen concentration have been measured in hydrogenated amorphous carbon ({ital a}-C:H) after bombardment with 100 keV He{sup +} and 300 keV Ar{sup +} ion beams, up to ion fluences 3{times}10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}. {ital a}-C:H films have been obtained by ion irradiation at low ion fluences of polystyrene layers and with a subsequent low-temperature annealing (400 {degree}C, 10 min). Experimental values for the energy gap (2.5--0.5 eV) and hydrogen concentration (7.4{times}10{sup 22}--1.8{times}10{sup 22} H atoms/cm{sup 3}) have been interpreted in terms of a graphitic cluster structure with a different size (3--20 A). We were able to determine experimentally the value of the bond integral {vert bar}{beta}{vert bar} and we found it in good agreement with the calculated one for graphite.

  1. Electron-ion collision rates in noble gas clusters irradiated by femtosecond laser pulse

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    Dey, R.; Roy, A. C.

    2012-05-01

    We report a theoretical analysis of electron-ion collision rates in xenon gas clusters irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses. The present analysis is based on the eikonal approximation (EA), the first Born approximation (FBA) and the classical (CL) methods. The calculations are performed using the plasma-screened Rogers potential introduced by Moll et al. [J. Phys. B. 43, 135103 (2010)] as well as the Debye potential for a wide range of experimental parameters. We find that the magnitudes of electron-ion collision frequency obtained in the EA do not fall as rapidly with the kinetic energy of electrons as in the FBA and CL methods for higher charge states of xenon ion (Xe8+ and Xe14+). Furthermore, EA shows that the effect of the inner structure of ion is most dominant for the lowest charge state of xenon ion (Xe1+). In the case of the present effective potential, FBA overestimates the CL results for all three different charge states of xenon, whereas for the Debye potential, both the FBA and CL methods predict collision frequencies which are nearly close to each other.

  2. Argon cluster ion source evaluation on lipid standards and rat brain tissue samples.

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    Bich, Claudia; Havelund, Rasmus; Moellers, Rudolf; Touboul, David; Kollmer, Felix; Niehuis, Ewald; Gilmore, Ian S; Brunelle, Alain

    2013-08-20

    Argon cluster ion sources for sputtering and secondary ion mass spectrometry use projectiles consisting of several hundreds of atoms, accelerated to 10-20 keV, and deposit their kinetic energy within the top few nanometers of the surface. For organic materials, the sputtering yield is high removing material to similar depth. Consequently, the exposed new surface is relatively damage free. It has thus been demonstrated on model samples that it is now really possible to perform dual beam depth profiling experiments in organic materials with this new kind of ion source. Here, this possibility has been tested directly on tissue samples, 14 μm thick rat brain sections, allowing primary ion doses much larger than the so-called static secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) limit and demonstrating the possibility to enhance the sensitivity of time-of-flight (TOF)-SIMS biological imaging. However, the depth analyses have also shown some variations of the chemical composition as a function of depth, particularly for cholesterol, as well as some possible matrix effects due to the presence or absence of this compound. PMID:23875833

  3. ToF-SIMS cluster ion imaging of hippocampal CA1 pyramidal rat neurons

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    Francis, J. T.; Nie, H.-Y.; Taylor, A. R.; Walzak, M. J.; Chang, W. H.; MacFabe, D. F.; Lau, W. M.

    2008-12-01

    Recent studies have demonstrated the power of time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) cluster ion imaging to characterize biological structures, such as that of the rat central nervous system. A large number of the studies to date have been carried out on the "structural scale" imaging several mm 2 using mounted thin sections. In this work, we present our ToF-SIMS cluster ion imaging results on hippocampal rat brain neurons, at the cellular and sub-cellular levels. As a part of an ongoing investigation to examine gut linked metabolic factors in autism spectrum disorders using a novel rat model, we have observed a possible variation in hippocampal Cornu ammonis 1 (CA1) pyramidal neuron geometry in thin, paraformaldehyde fixed brain sections. However, the fixation process alters the tissue matrix such that much biochemical information appears to be lost. In an effort to preserve as much as possible this original information, we have established a protocol using unfixed thin brain sections, along with low dose, 500 eV Cs + pre-sputtering that allows imaging down to the sub-cellular scale with minimal sample preparation.

  4. Equilibrium properties of transition-metal ion-argon clusters via simulated annealing

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    Asher, Robert L.; Micha, David A.; Brucat, Philip J.

    1992-01-01

    The geometrical structures of M(+) (Ar)n ions, with n = 1-14, have been studied by the minimization of a many-body potential surface with a simulated annealing procedure. The minimization method is justified for finite systems through the use of an information theory approach. It is carried out for eight potential-energy surfaces constructed with two- and three-body terms parametrized from experimental data and ab initio results. The potentials should be representative of clusters of argon atoms with first-row transition-metal monocations of varying size. The calculated geometries for M(+) = Co(+) and V(+) possess radial shells with small (ca. 4-8) first-shell coordination number. The inclusion of an ion-induced-dipole-ion-induced-dipole interaction between argon atoms raises the energy and generally lowers the symmetry of the cluster by promoting incomplete shell closure. Rotational constants as well as electric dipole and quadrupole moments are quoted for the Co(+) (Ar)n and V(+) (Ar)n predicted structures.

  5. Disorder and cluster formation during ion irradiation of Au nanoparticles in SiO2

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    Kluth, P.; Johannessen, B.; Foran, G. J.; Cookson, D. J.; Kluth, S. M.; Ridgway, M. C.

    2006-07-01

    Au nanoparticles (NPs) have been formed by ion beam synthesis in 600nm thin SiO2 . Subsequently the NPs were irradiated with 2.3MeV Sn ions at liquid nitrogen temperature. Samples were analyzed using extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy and small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) as a function of Sn irradiation dose. Transmission electron microscopy shows that the NPs largely retain their spherical shape upon irradiation. However, we observe a reduction in average NP size and a concomitant significant narrowing of the size distribution with increasing irradiation dose as consistent with inverse Ostwald ripening. At lower irradiation doses, significant structural disorder is apparent with an effective bond length expansion as consistent with amorphous material. At higher irradiation doses, EXAFS measurements indicate dissolution of a significant fraction of Au from the NPs into the SiO2 matrix (as monomers) and the formation of small Au clusters (dimers, trimers, etc.). We estimate the volume fraction of such monomers/clusters. Ion irradiation thus yields disordering then dissolution of Au NPs.

  6. Determination of the sputtering yield of cholesterol using Arn(+) and C60(+(+)) cluster ions.

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    Rakowska, P D; Seah, M P; Vorng, J-L; Havelund, R; Gilmore, I S

    2016-08-01

    The sputtering yield of cholesterol films on silicon wafers is measured using Arn(+) and C60(+(+)) ions in popular energy (E) and cluster size (n) ranges. It is shown that the C60(+(+)) ions form a surface layer that stabilizes the film so that a well-behaved profile is obtained. On the other hand, the Arn(+) gas clusters leave the material very clean but, at room temperature, the layer readily restructures into molecular bilayers, so that, although a useful measure may be made of the sputtering yield, the profiles become much more complex. This restructuring does not occur at room temperature normally but results from the actions of the beams in the sputtering process for profiling in secondary ion mass spectrometry. Better profiles may be made by reducing the sample temperature to -100 °C. This is likely to be necessary for many lower molecular weight materials (below 1000 Da) to avoid the movement of molecules. Measurements for cholesterol films on 37 nm of amiodarone on silicon are even better behaved and show the same sputtering yields at room temperature as those films directly on silicon at -100 °C. The yields for both C60(+(+)) and Arn(+) fit the Universal Equation to a standard deviation of 11%. PMID:27299934

  7. Shell Structure, Melting and Dynamics of Ion Clusters Confined in an Octupolar Trap

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    Calvo, F.; Yurtsever, E.

    2009-12-03

    The stable structures of clusters of identical ions trapped in an isotropic octupolar trap are investigated using global optimization methods. These clusters form well defined shells of ions that are approximately solutions of the Thomson problem. In particular, magic numbers are found to correlate with highly symmetric configurations. Using Monte Carlo simulations, finite temperature properties are also investigated. Melting proceeds from the core, and takes place through a very progressive loss of the shell structure. The hollow shape is eventually lost at very high temperatures, where the ions essentially feel the confinement but not the Coulomb repulsion. The vibrational density of states shows marked differences with the harmonic case, but also with bulk Wigner crystals. The variations of the maximal Lyapunov exponent obtained from additional molecular dynamics trajectories reveals that the dynamics becomes increasingly chaotic as the temperature increases. With the decreasing influence of the Coulomb interaction, a more regular behavior is found at very high temperatures but, contrary to the quadrupolar case, still highly chaotic.

  8. Inertial confinement fusion using hohlraum radiation generated by heavy-ion clusters

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    Tahir, N. A.; Lutz, K.-J.; Geb, O.; Maruhn, J. A.; Deutsch, C.; Hoffmann, D. H. H.

    1997-03-01

    This paper discusses the feasibility of employing heavy-ion cluster beams to generate thermal radiation that can be used to drive inertial fusion capsules. The low charge-to-mass ratio of a cluster may allow the driver beam to be focused to a very small spot size with a radius of the order of 100 μm, while the low energy per nucleon (of the order of 10 keV) may lead to a very short range of the driver particles in the converter material. This would result in high specific power deposition that may lead to a very high conversion efficiency. The problem of cluster stopping in cold matter, as well as in hot dense plasmas has been thoroughly investigated. The conversion efficiency of cluster ions using a low-density gold converter has also been calculated over a wide range of parameters including converter density, converter geometry, and specific power deposition. These calculations have been carried out using a one-dimensional hydrodynamic computer code that includes a multigroup radiation transport scheme [Ramis et al., Comput. Phys. Commun. 49, 475 (1988)]. The problem of symmetrization of this radiation field in a hohlraum with solid gold walls has also been thoroughly investigated using a three-dimensional view factor code. The characteristics of the radiation field obtained by this study are used as input to capsule implosion calculations that are done with a three-temperature radiation-hydrodynamic computer code MEDUSA-KAT [Tahir et al., J. Appl. Phys. 60, 898 (1986)]. A reactor-size capsule which contains 5 mg deuterium-tritium (DT) fuel is used in these calculations. The problem of using a fuel mixture with a substantially reduced tritium content has also been discussed.

  9. Size-dependent stability toward dissociation and ligand binding energies of phosphine-ligated gold cluster ions

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    Johnson, Grant E.; Priest, Thomas A.; Laskin, Julia

    2014-01-01

    The stability of sub-nanometer size gold clusters ligated with organic molecules is of paramount importance to the scalable synthesis of monodisperse size-selected metal clusters with highly tunable chemical and physical properties. For the first time, a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer (FT-ICR-MS) equipped with surface induced dissociation (SID) has been employed to investigate the time and collision energy resolved fragmentation behavior of cationic doubly charged gold clusters containing 7-9 gold atoms and 6-7 triphenylphosphine (TPP) ligands prepared by reduction synthesis in solution. The TPP ligated gold clusters are demonstrated to fragment through three primary dissociation pathways: (1) Loss of a neutral TPP ligand from the precursor gold cluster, (2) asymmetric fission and (3) symmetric fission and charge separation of the gold core resulting in formation of complementary pairs of singly charged fragment ions. Threshold energies and activation entropies of these fragmentation pathways have been determined employing Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM) modeling of the experimental SID data. It is demonstrated that the doubly charged cluster ion containing eight gold atoms and six TPP ligands, (8,6)2+, exhibits exceptional stability compared to the other cationic gold clusters examined in this study due to its large ligand binding energy of 1.76 eV. Our findings demonstrate the dramatic effect of the size and extent of ligation on the gas-phase stability and preferred fragmentation pathways of small TPP-ligated gold clusters.

  10. Cluster ion emission from LiF induced by MeV Nq+ projectiles and 252Cf fission fragments

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    Hijazi, H.; Farenzena, L. S.; Rothard, H.; Boduch, Ph.; Grande, P. L.; da Silveira, E. F.

    2011-08-01

    Ion cluster desorption yields from LiF were measured at PUC-Rio with ≈0.1 MeV/u N q+ ( q = 2,4,5,6) ion beams by means of a time-of-fight (TOF) mass spectrometer. A 252Cf source mounted in the irradiation chamber allows immediate comparison of cluster emissions induced by ≈65 MeV fission fragments (FF). Emission of (LiF) n Li+ clusters are observed for both the N beams and the 252Cf fission fragments. The observed cluster size n varies from 1 to 6 for N q+ projectiles and from 1 to ≈40 for the 252Cf-FF. The size dependence of the Y( n) distributions suggests two cluster formation regimes: (i) recombination process in the outgoing gas phase after impact and (ii) emission of pre-formed clusters from the periphery of the impact site. The corresponding distribution of ejected negative cluster ions (LiF) n F- closely resembles that of the positive secondary (LiF) n Li+ ions. The desorption yields of positive ions scale as Y( n) ˜ q 5. A calculation with the CASP code shows that this corresponds to a cubic scaling ˜S{/e 3} with the electronic stopping power S e , as predicted by collective shock wave models for sputtering and models involving multiple excitons (Frenkel pair sputtering). We discuss possible interpretations of the functional dependence of the evolution of the cluster emission yield Y( n) with cluster size n, fitted by a number of statistical distributions.

  11. Trapping of hydrogen atoms inside small beryllium clusters and their ions

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    Naumkin, F. Y.; Wales, D. J.

    2016-08-01

    Structure, stability and electronic properties are evaluated computationally for small Ben (n = 5-9) cluster cages accommodating atomic H inside and forming core-shell species. These parameters are predicted to vary significantly upon insertion of H, for ionic derivatives, and with the system size. In particular, the energy barrier for H-atom exit from the cage changes significantly for ions compared to the neutral counterparts. The corresponding effects predicted for cage assemblies suggest the possibility of efficient charge-control of hydrogen release. This, together with a high capacity for storing hydrogen in extended such assemblies might indicate a possible way towards feasible hydrogen-storage solutions.

  12. Properties of clusters in the gas phase. V - Complexes of neutral molecules onto negative ions

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    Keesee, R. G.; Lee, N.; Castleman, A. W., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    Ion-molecules association reactions of the form A(-)(B)n-1 + B = A(-)(B)n were studied over a range of temperatures in the gas phase using high pressure mass spectrometry. Enthalpy and entropy changes were determined for the stepwise clustering reactions of (1) sulfur dioxide onto Cl(-), I(-), and NO2(-) with n ranging from one to three or four, and onto SO2(-) and SO3(-) with n equal to one; and (2) carbon dioxide onto Cl(-), I(-), NO2(-), CO3(-), and SO3(-) with n equal to one. From these data and earlier hydration results, the order of the magnitude of the enthalpy changes on the association of the first neutral for a series of negative ions was found to parallel the gas-phase basicity of those anions.

  13. Mass spectrometry of refractory black carbon particles from six sources: carbon-cluster and oxygenated ions

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    Corbin, J. C.; Sierau, B.; Gysel, M.; Laborde, M.; Keller, A.; Kim, J.; Petzold, A.; Onasch, T. B.; Lohmann, U.; Mensah, A. A.

    2014-03-01

    We discuss the major mass spectral features of different types of refractory carbonaceous particles, ionized after laser vaporization with an Aerodyne high-resolution soot-particle aerosol mass spectrometer (SP-AMS). The SP-AMS was operated with a switchable 1064 nm laser and a 600 °C thermal vaporizer, yielding respective measurements of the refractory and non-refractory particle components. Six samples were investigated, all of which were composed primarily of refractory material: fuel-rich and fuel-lean propane/air diffusion-flame combustion particles; graphite-spark-generated particles; a commercial fullerene-enriched soot; Regal Black, a commercial carbon black; and nascent aircraft-turbine combustion particles. All samples exhibited a spectrum of carbon-cluster ions Cxn+ in their refractory mass spectrum. Smaller clusters (x < 6) were found to dominate the Cxn+ distribution. For fullerene soot, fuel-rich-flame particles and spark-generated particles, significant Cxn+ clusters at x ≫ 6 were present, with significant contributions from multiply charged ions (n > 1). In all six cases, the ions C1+ and C3+ contributed over 60% to the total C1ions C1+ / C3+ could be used to predict whether significant Cxn+ signals with x > 5 were present. When such signals were present, C1+ / C3+ was close to 1. When absent, C1+ / C3+ was < 0.8. This ratio may therefore serve as a proxy to distinguish between the two types of spectra in atmospheric SP-AMS measurements. Significant refractory oxygenated ions such as CO+ and CO2+ were also observed for all samples. We discuss these signals in detail for Regal Black, and describe their formation via decomposition of oxygenated moieties incorporated into the refractory carbon structure. These species may be of importance in atmospheric processes such as water uptake and heterogeneous chemistry. If atmospherically stable, these oxidized species may be useful for distinguishing

  14. Depth profiling of 4-acetamindophenol-doped poly(lactic acid) films using cluster secondary ion mass spectrometry.

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    Mahoney, Christine M; Roberson, Sonya V; Gillen, Greg

    2004-06-01

    The feasibility of using cluster secondary ion mass spectrometry for depth profiling of drug delivery systems is explored. The behavior of various biodegradable polymer films under dynamic SF(5)(+) primary ion bombardment was investigated, including several films doped with model drugs. The SF(5)(+) depth profiles obtained from these biodegradable polymer films showed very little degradation in secondary ion signal as a function of increasing primary ion dose, and it was discovered that the characteristic ion signals for the polymers remained constant for ion doses up to approximately 5 x 10(15) ions/cm(2). These results suggest that the polyester structure of the biodegradable polymers studied here allows for a greater ability to depth profile due to ease of main chain scission. Attempts were also made to depth profile through a series of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) films containing varying concentrations of the drug 4-acetamidophenol. The depth profiles obtained from these films show very little decrease in both the 4-acetamidophenol molecular ion and PLA fragment ion signals as a function of increasing SF(5)(+) primary ion dose. Similar results were obtained with theophylline-doped PLA films. These results show that, in some drug delivery devices, it is possible to monitor the distribution of a drug as a function of depth by using cluster primary ion beams. PMID:15167802

  15. Wavelength dependent high-energy ion emission from intense mid-IR laser-cluster interaction

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    Park, Hyunwook; Wang, Zhou; Agostini, Pierre; Dimauro, Louis

    2015-05-01

    We present the first measurements on the wavelength dependence from the near-infrared to mid-infrared of inert gas clusters interacting with an intense, ultrafast pulse. In the experiments, ion energy distributions have been recorded with various wavelength (0.8-2.2 μm), while all other conditions are fixed. It is found that the wavelength plays a significant role in electron-plasma heating and thus energetic ion production. The maximum energy of the detected ion, Emax , decreases with increasing wavelength, reaches a minimum, then increases. We attribute this result to two different electron-heating mechanisms depending on the wavelength- volume (Inverse Bremsstrahlung: IB) and surface (Brunel) heating. In the short wavelength regime (0.8-1.5 μm), IB heating dominates the production of multiply charged ions, since the electrons are resonantly heated near plasma frequency. As the wavelength is increased, IB heating is progressively suppressed, resulting in a smaller value of Emax . Brunel heating, on the other hand, increases due to a quadratic increase of the electrons ponderomotive energy, and becomes dominant in the long wavelength regime (1.7-2.2 μm). The lowest Emax values would thus occur at the wavelength where the dominant heating mechanism switches from volume to surface. Air Force Office of Scientific Res.

  16. Ferromagnetic cluster glass state induced by non-magnetic ions in a paramagnetic host

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    Yamamoto, Takafumi D.; Okazaki, Ryuji; Taniguchi, Hiroki; Terasaki, Ichiro

    A paramagnetic metal CaRuO3 has been known to show unique impurity effects, where a magnetic ordering is induced by a partial substitution of transition metal ions for Ru. Since this phenomenon occurs regardless of the magnetism of the substituted ions, it must reflect a magnetic instability of this ruthenate. Understanding such physical properties is one of intriguing issues in condensed matter physics. In this talk, we report an unconventional magnetic state induced by substituting non-magnetic Sc3+ ions. We find that the static magnetic susceptibilities of all Sc-substituted samples show ferromagnetic-like features below 40 K, while the Curie-Weiss temperature dramatically changes with increasing x. This inconsistency is a sign of non-uniform magnetic system. We propose a phenomenological model and show that the static magnetic properties can be described as a volume average of a paramagnetic component originated from Ru4+ ions and a ferromagnetic one driven by Sc substitution [T. D. Yamamoto et al., JPSJ 84, 014708 (2015).]. Furthermore our dynamic magnetic measurements reveal a ferromagnetic cluster glass state embedded in the paramagnetic and metallic host of CaRuO3.

  17. Systematic Temperature Effects in the Argon Cluster Ion Sputter Depth Profiling of Organic Materials Using Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

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    Seah, Martin P.; Havelund, Rasmus; Gilmore, Ian S.

    2016-08-01

    A study is presented of the effects of sample temperature on the sputter depth profiling of two organic materials, NPB ( N,N'-Di(1-naphthyl)- N,N'-diphenyl-(1,1'-biphenyl)-4,4'-diamine) and Irganox 1010, using a 5 keV Ar2000 + cluster ion beam and analysis by secondary ion mass spectrometry. It is shown that at low temperatures, the yields increase slowly with temperature in accordance with the Universal Sputtering Yield equation where the energy term is now modified by Trouton's rule. This occurs up to a transition temperature, T T, which is, in turn, approximately 0.8 T M, where T M is the sample melting temperature in Kelvin. For NPB and Irganox 1010, these transition temperatures are close to 15 °C and 0 °C, respectively. Above this temperature, the rate of increase of the sputtering yield rises by an order of magnitude. During sputtering, the depth resolution also changes with temperature with a very small change occurring below T T. At higher temperatures, the depth resolution improves but then rapidly degrades, possibly as a result first of local crater surface diffusion and then of bulk inter-diffusion. The secondary ion spectra also change with temperature with the intensities of the molecular entities increasing least. This agrees with a model in which the molecular entities arise near the crater rim. It is recommended that for consistent results, measurements for organic materials are always made at temperatures significantly below T T or 0.8 T M, and this is generally below room temperature.

  18. Systematic Temperature Effects in the Argon Cluster Ion Sputter Depth Profiling of Organic Materials Using Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry.

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    Seah, Martin P; Havelund, Rasmus; Gilmore, Ian S

    2016-08-01

    A study is presented of the effects of sample temperature on the sputter depth profiling of two organic materials, NPB (N,N'-Di(1-naphthyl)-N,N'-diphenyl-(1,1'-biphenyl)-4,4'-diamine) and Irganox 1010, using a 5 keV Ar2000 (+) cluster ion beam and analysis by secondary ion mass spectrometry. It is shown that at low temperatures, the yields increase slowly with temperature in accordance with the Universal Sputtering Yield equation where the energy term is now modified by Trouton's rule. This occurs up to a transition temperature, T T, which is, in turn, approximately 0.8T M, where T M is the sample melting temperature in Kelvin. For NPB and Irganox 1010, these transition temperatures are close to 15 °C and 0 °C, respectively. Above this temperature, the rate of increase of the sputtering yield rises by an order of magnitude. During sputtering, the depth resolution also changes with temperature with a very small change occurring below T T. At higher temperatures, the depth resolution improves but then rapidly degrades, possibly as a result first of local crater surface diffusion and then of bulk inter-diffusion. The secondary ion spectra also change with temperature with the intensities of the molecular entities increasing least. This agrees with a model in which the molecular entities arise near the crater rim. It is recommended that for consistent results, measurements for organic materials are always made at temperatures significantly below T T or 0.8 T M, and this is generally below room temperature. Graphical Abstract ᅟ. PMID:27106601

  19. Systematic Temperature Effects in the Argon Cluster Ion Sputter Depth Profiling of Organic Materials Using Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

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    Seah, Martin P.; Havelund, Rasmus; Gilmore, Ian S.

    2016-04-01

    A study is presented of the effects of sample temperature on the sputter depth profiling of two organic materials, NPB (N,N'-Di(1-naphthyl)-N,N'-diphenyl-(1,1'-biphenyl)-4,4'-diamine) and Irganox 1010, using a 5 keV Ar2000 + cluster ion beam and analysis by secondary ion mass spectrometry. It is shown that at low temperatures, the yields increase slowly with temperature in accordance with the Universal Sputtering Yield equation where the energy term is now modified by Trouton's rule. This occurs up to a transition temperature, T T, which is, in turn, approximately 0.8T M, where T M is the sample melting temperature in Kelvin. For NPB and Irganox 1010, these transition temperatures are close to 15 °C and 0 °C, respectively. Above this temperature, the rate of increase of the sputtering yield rises by an order of magnitude. During sputtering, the depth resolution also changes with temperature with a very small change occurring below T T. At higher temperatures, the depth resolution improves but then rapidly degrades, possibly as a result first of local crater surface diffusion and then of bulk inter-diffusion. The secondary ion spectra also change with temperature with the intensities of the molecular entities increasing least. This agrees with a model in which the molecular entities arise near the crater rim. It is recommended that for consistent results, measurements for organic materials are always made at temperatures significantly below T T or 0.8 T M, and this is generally below room temperature.

  20. Analysis of heterogeneous water vapor uptake by metal iodide cluster ions via differential mobility analysis-mass spectrometry

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    Oberreit, Derek; Rawat, Vivek K.; Larriba-Andaluz, Carlos; Ouyang, Hui; McMurry, Peter H.; Hogan, Christopher J.

    2015-09-14

    The sorption of vapor molecules onto pre-existing nanometer sized clusters is of importance in understanding particle formation and growth in gas phase environments and devising gas phase separation schemes. Here, we apply a differential mobility analyzer-mass spectrometer based approach to observe directly the sorption of vapor molecules onto iodide cluster ions of the form (MI){sub x}M{sup +} (x = 1-13, M = Na, K, Rb, or Cs) in air at 300 K and with water saturation ratios in the 0.01-0.64 range. The extent of vapor sorption is quantified in measurements by the shift in collision cross section (CCS) for each ion. We find that CCS measurements are sensitive enough to detect the transient binding of several vapor molecules to clusters, which shift CCSs by only several percent. At the same time, for the highest saturation ratios examined, we observed CCS shifts of up to 45%. For x < 4, cesium, rubidium, and potassium iodide cluster ions are found to uptake water to a similar extent, while sodium iodide clusters uptake less water. For x ≥ 4, sodium iodide cluster ions uptake proportionally more water vapor than rubidium and potassium iodide cluster ions, while cesium iodide ions exhibit less uptake. Measured CCS shifts are compared to predictions based upon a Kelvin-Thomson-Raoult (KTR) model as well as a Langmuir adsorption model. We find that the Langmuir adsorption model can be fit well to measurements. Meanwhile, KTR predictions deviate from measurements, which suggests that the earliest stages of vapor uptake by nanometer scale species are not well described by the KTR model.

  1. Analysis of heterogeneous water vapor uptake by metal iodide cluster ions via differential mobility analysis-mass spectrometry

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    Oberreit, Derek; Rawat, Vivek K.; Larriba-Andaluz, Carlos; Ouyang, Hui; McMurry, Peter H.; Hogan, Christopher J.

    2015-09-01

    The sorption of vapor molecules onto pre-existing nanometer sized clusters is of importance in understanding particle formation and growth in gas phase environments and devising gas phase separation schemes. Here, we apply a differential mobility analyzer-mass spectrometer based approach to observe directly the sorption of vapor molecules onto iodide cluster ions of the form (MI)xM+ (x = 1-13, M = Na, K, Rb, or Cs) in air at 300 K and with water saturation ratios in the 0.01-0.64 range. The extent of vapor sorption is quantified in measurements by the shift in collision cross section (CCS) for each ion. We find that CCS measurements are sensitive enough to detect the transient binding of several vapor molecules to clusters, which shift CCSs by only several percent. At the same time, for the highest saturation ratios examined, we observed CCS shifts of up to 45%. For x < 4, cesium, rubidium, and potassium iodide cluster ions are found to uptake water to a similar extent, while sodium iodide clusters uptake less water. For x ≥ 4, sodium iodide cluster ions uptake proportionally more water vapor than rubidium and potassium iodide cluster ions, while cesium iodide ions exhibit less uptake. Measured CCS shifts are compared to predictions based upon a Kelvin-Thomson-Raoult (KTR) model as well as a Langmuir adsorption model. We find that the Langmuir adsorption model can be fit well to measurements. Meanwhile, KTR predictions deviate from measurements, which suggests that the earliest stages of vapor uptake by nanometer scale species are not well described by the KTR model.

  2. Analysis of heterogeneous water vapor uptake by metal iodide cluster ions via differential mobility analysis-mass spectrometry.

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    Oberreit, Derek; Rawat, Vivek K; Larriba-Andaluz, Carlos; Ouyang, Hui; McMurry, Peter H; Hogan, Christopher J

    2015-09-14

    The sorption of vapor molecules onto pre-existing nanometer sized clusters is of importance in understanding particle formation and growth in gas phase environments and devising gas phase separation schemes. Here, we apply a differential mobility analyzer-mass spectrometer based approach to observe directly the sorption of vapor molecules onto iodide cluster ions of the form (MI)xM(+) (x = 1-13, M = Na, K, Rb, or Cs) in air at 300 K and with water saturation ratios in the 0.01-0.64 range. The extent of vapor sorption is quantified in measurements by the shift in collision cross section (CCS) for each ion. We find that CCS measurements are sensitive enough to detect the transient binding of several vapor molecules to clusters, which shift CCSs by only several percent. At the same time, for the highest saturation ratios examined, we observed CCS shifts of up to 45%. For x < 4, cesium, rubidium, and potassium iodide cluster ions are found to uptake water to a similar extent, while sodium iodide clusters uptake less water. For x ≥ 4, sodium iodide cluster ions uptake proportionally more water vapor than rubidium and potassium iodide cluster ions, while cesium iodide ions exhibit less uptake. Measured CCS shifts are compared to predictions based upon a Kelvin-Thomson-Raoult (KTR) model as well as a Langmuir adsorption model. We find that the Langmuir adsorption model can be fit well to measurements. Meanwhile, KTR predictions deviate from measurements, which suggests that the earliest stages of vapor uptake by nanometer scale species are not well described by the KTR model. PMID:26374028

  3. Spectroscopic Evidence for Clusters of Like-Charged Ions in Ionic Liquids Stabilized by Cooperative Hydrogen Bonding.

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    Knorr, Anne; Stange, Peter; Fumino, Koichi; Weinhold, Frank; Ludwig, Ralf

    2016-02-01

    Direct spectroscopic evidence for hydrogen-bonded clusters of like-charged ions is reported for ionic liquids. The measured infrared O-H vibrational bands of the hydroxyethyl groups in the cations can be assigned to the dispersion-corrected DFT calculated frequencies of linear and cyclic clusters. Compensating the like-charge Coulomb repulsion, these cationic clusters can range up to cyclic tetramers resembling molecular clusters of water and alcohols. These ionic clusters are mainly present at low temperature and show strong cooperative effects in hydrogen bonding. DFT-D3 calculations of the pure multiply charged clusters suggest that the attractive hydrogen bonds can compete with repulsive Coulomb forces. PMID:26670942

  4. Cluster observations of the dusk flank magnetopause near the sash: Ion dynamics and flow-through reconnection

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    Maynard, Nelson C.; Farrugia, Charles J.; Burke, William J.; Ober, Daniel M.; Mozer, Forrest S.; Rème, Henri; Dunlop, Malcolm; Siebert, Keith D.

    2012-10-01

    Compared to the dayside, dynamics on the flanks of the magnetopause are poorly understood. To help bridge this knowledge gap we analyzed Cluster plasma and field measurements acquired during a 90-min period on 20 November 2003 when Cluster crossed the magnetopause four times in the vicinity of the sash. MHD simulations provide a context for Cluster observations. Crossings were between the magnetosheath and an S-shaped plasma sheet, rather than to the open-field lobes of the magnetotail. Cluster encountered two regions of MHD-breaking differences between perpendicular ion velocities and E × B convection. Ion adiabatic expansion parameter (δi) calculations show that ion gyrotropy was not broken during an episode of strong Alfvén wave activity in the magnetosheath. However, gyrotropy was broken (δi > 1) during the fourth magnetopause crossing. In the magnetosheath, ion guiding-center motion was maintained but inertial effects associated with temporally varying electric fields are probable sources of velocity differences. Regarding the magnetopause crossing, the generalized Ohm's law limits possible sources for breaking ion gyrotropy to inertial forces and/or electron pressure gradients associated with a nearby reconnection event. We suggest that Cluster witnessed effects of a temporally varying and spatially limited, flow-through reconnection event between open mantle field lines from the two polar caps adding new closed flux to the LLBL at the sash. Future modeling of flank dynamics must consider inertial forces as significant drivers at the magnetopause and in the adjacent magnetosheath.

  5. Study of Flux Ratio of C60 to Ar Cluster Ion for Hard DLC Film deposition

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    Miyauchi, K.; Toyoda, N.; Kanda, K.; Matsui, S.; Kitagawa, T.; Yamada, I.

    2003-08-26

    To study the influence of the flux ratio of C60 molecule to Ar cluster ion on (diamond like carbon) DLC film characteristics, DLC films deposited under various flux ratios were characterized with Raman spectrometry and Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS). From results of these measurements, hard DLC films were deposited when the flux ratio of C60 to Ar cluster ion was between 0.7 and 4. Furthermore the DLC film with constant sp2 content was obtained in the range of the ratio from 0.7 to 4, which contents are lower values than that of conventional films such as RF plasma. DLC films deposited under the ratio from 1 to 4 had hardness from 40 to 45GPa. It was shown that DLC films with stable properties of low sp2 content and high hardness were formed even when the fluxes were varied from 1 to 4 during deposition. It was indicated that this process was useful in the view of industrial application.

  6. Si clusters/defective graphene composites as Li-ion batteries anode materials: A density functional study

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    Li, Meng; Liu, Yue-Jie; Zhao, Jing-xiang; Wang, Xiao-guang

    2015-08-01

    Recently, the Si/graphene hybrid composites have attracted considerable attention due to their potential application for Li-ion batteries. How to effectively anchor Si clusters to graphene substrates to ensure their stability is an important factor to determine their performance for Li-ion batteries. In the present work, we have performed comprehensive density functional theory (DFT) calculations to investigate the geometric structures, stability, and electronic properties of the deposited Si clusters on defective graphenes as well as their potential applications for Li-ion batteries. The results indicate that the interfacial bonding between these Si clusters with the pristine graphene is quietly weak with a small adsorption energy (<-0.21 eV). Due to the presence of vacancy site, the binding strength of Si clusters on defective graphene is much stronger than that of pristine one, accompanying with a certain amount of charge transfer from Si clusters to graphene substrates. Moreover, the ability of Si/graphene hybrids for Li uptake is studied by calculating the adsorption of Li atoms. We find that both graphenes and Si clusters in the Si/graphene composites preserve their Li uptake ability, indicating that graphenes not only server as buffer materials for accommodating the expansion of Si cluster, but also provide additional intercalation sites for Li.

  7. Cluster secondary ion mass spectrometry and the temperature dependence of molecular depth profiles.

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    Mao, Dan; Wucher, Andreas; Brenes, Daniel A; Lu, Caiyan; Winograd, Nicholas

    2012-05-01

    The quality of molecular depth profiles created by erosion of organic materials by cluster ion beams exhibits a strong dependence upon temperature. To elucidate the fundamental nature of this dependence, we employ the Irganox 3114/1010 organic delta-layer reference material as a model system. This delta-layer system is interrogated using a 40 keV C(60)(+) primary ion beam. Parameters associated with the depth profile such as depth resolution, uniformity of sputtering yield, and topography are evaluated between 90 and 300 K using a unique wedge-crater beveling strategy that allows these parameters to be determined as a function of erosion depth from atomic force microscope (AFM) measurements. The results show that the erosion rate calibration performed using the known Δ-layer depth in connection with the fluence needed to reach the peak of the corresponding secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) signal response is misleading. Moreover, we show that the degradation of depth resolution is linked to a decrease of the average erosion rate and the buildup of surface topography in a thermally activated manner. This underlying process starts to influence the depth profile above a threshold temperature between 210 and 250 K for the system studied here. Below that threshold, the process is inhibited and steady-state conditions are reached with constant erosion rate, depth resolution, and molecular secondary ion signals from both the matrix and the Δ-layers. In particular, the results indicate that further reduction of the temperature below 90 K does not lead to further improvement of the depth profile. Above the threshold, the process becomes stronger at higher temperature, leading to an immediate decrease of the molecular secondary ion signals. This signal decay is most pronounced for the highest m/z ions but is less for the smaller m/z ions, indicating a shift toward small fragments by accumulation of chemical damage. The erosion rate decay and surface roughness buildup

  8. ELECTROMAGNETIC THERMAL INSTABILITY WITH MOMENTUM AND ENERGY EXCHANGE BETWEEN ELECTRONS AND IONS IN GALAXY CLUSTERS

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    Nekrasov, Anatoly K. E-mail: anekrasov@ifz.ru

    2011-10-01

    Thermal instability in an electron-ion magnetized plasma, which is relevant in the intragalactic medium of galaxy clusters, solar corona, and other two-component plasma objects, is investigated. We apply the multicomponent plasma approach where the dynamics of all species are considered separately through electric field perturbations. General expressions for the dynamical variables obtained in this paper can be applied over a wide range of astrophysical and laboratory plasmas also containing neutrals and dust grains. We assume that background temperatures of electrons and ions are different and include the energy exchange in thermal equations for electrons and ions along with the collisional momentum exchange in equations of motion. We take into account the dependence of collision frequency on density and temperature perturbations. The cooling-heating functions are taken for both electrons and ions. A condensation mode of thermal instability has been studied in the fast sound speed limit. We derive a new dispersion relation including different electron and ion cooling-heating functions and other effects mentioned above and find its simple solutions for growth rates in limiting cases. We show that the perturbations have an electromagnetic nature and demonstrate the crucial role of the electric field perturbation along the background magnetic field in the fast sound speed limit. We find that at the conditions under consideration, condensation must occur along the magnetic field while the transverse scale sizes can be both larger and smaller than the longitudinal ones. The results obtained can be useful for interpretating observations of dense cold regions in astrophysical objects.

  9. Isolated crater formation by gas cluster ion impact and their use as templates for carbon nanotube growth

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    Toyoda, Noriaki; Kimura, Asahi; Yamada, Isao

    2016-03-01

    Crater-like defects formations with gas cluster ion beams (GCIB) were used as templates for carbon nanotube (CNT) growth. Upon a gas cluster ion impact, dense energy is deposited on a target surface while energy/atom of gas cluster ion is low, which creates crater-like defects. Si and SiO2 were irradiated with Ar-GCIB, subsequently CNTs were grown with an alcohol catalytic CVD using Co and ethanol as catalyst and precursor, respectively. From SEM, AFM and Raman spectroscopy, it was shown that growth of CNT with small diameter was observed on SiO2 with Ar-GCIB irradiation. On Si targets, formation of craters with bottom oxide prevented Co diffusion during CNT growth, as a result, CNT growth was observed only on Si irradiated with high-energy Ar-GCIB. These results showed that isolated defects created by GCIB can be used as templates for nanotube growth.

  10. Study of small carbon and semiconductor clusters using negative ion threshold photodetachment spectroscopy

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    Arnold, C.C.

    1994-08-01

    The bonding and electronics of several small carbon and semiconductor clusters containing less than ten atoms are probed using negative ion threshold photodetachment (zero electron kinetic energy, or ZEKE) spectroscopy. ZEKE spectroscopy is a particularly advantageous technique for small cluster study, as it combines mass selection with good spectroscopic resolution. The ground and low-lying electronic states of small clusters in general can be accessed by detaching an electron from the ground anion state. The clusters studied using this technique and described in this work are C{sub 6}{sup {minus}}/C{sub 6}, Si{sub n}{sup {minus}}/Si{sub n} (n = 2, 3, 4), Ge{sub 2}{sup {minus}}/Ge{sub 2}, In{sub 2}P{sup {minus}}/In{sub 2}P,InP{sub 2}{sup {minus}}/InP{sup 2}, and Ga{sub 2}As{sup {minus}}. The total photodetachment cross sections of several other small carbon clusters and the ZEKE spectrum of the I{sup {minus}}{center_dot}CH{sub 3}I S{sub N}2 reaction complex are also presented to illustrate the versatility of the experimental apparatus. Clusters with so few atoms do not exhibit bulk properties. However, each specie exhibits bonding properties that relate to the type of bonding found in the bulk. C{sub 6}, as has been predicted, exhibits a linear cumulenic structure, where double bonds connect all six carbon atoms. This double bonding reflects how important {pi} bonding is in certain phases of pure carbon (graphite and fullerenes). The symmetric stretch frequencies observed in the C{sub 6}{sup {minus}} spectra, however, are in poor agreement with the calculated values. Also observed as sharp structure in total photodetachment cross section scans was an excited anion state bound by only {approximately}40 cm{sup {minus}1} relative to the detachment continuum. This excited anion state appears to be a valence bound state, possible because of the high electron affinity of C{sub 6}, and the open shell of the anion.

  11. Peptide Fragmentation and Surface Structural Analysis by Means of ToF-SIMS Using Large Cluster Ion Sources.

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    Yokoyama, Yuta; Aoyagi, Satoka; Fujii, Makiko; Matsuo, Jiro; Fletcher, John S; Lockyer, Nicholas P; Vickerman, John C; Passarelli, Melissa K; Havelund, Rasmus; Seah, Martin P

    2016-04-01

    Peptide or protein structural analysis is crucial for the evaluation of biochips and biodevices, therefore an analytical technique with the ability to detect and identify protein and peptide species directly from surfaces with high lateral resolution is required. In this report, the efficacy of ToF-SIMS to analyze and identify proteins directly from surfaces is evaluated. Although the physics governing the SIMS bombardment process precludes the ability for researchers to detect intact protein or larger peptides of greater than a few thousand mass unit directly, it is possible to obtain information on the partial structures of peptides or proteins using low energy per atom argon cluster ion beams. Large cluster ion beams, such as Ar clusters and C60 ion beams, produce spectra similar to those generated by tandem MS. The SIMS bombardment process also produces peptide fragment ions not detected by conventional MS/MS techniques. In order to clarify appropriate measurement conditions for peptide structural analysis, peptide fragmentation dependency on the energy of a primary ion beam and ToF-SIMS specific fragment ions are evaluated. It was found that the energy range approximately 6 ≤ E/n ≤ 10 eV/atom is most effective for peptide analysis based on peptide fragments and [M + H] ions. We also observed the cleaving of side chain moieties at extremely low-energy E/n ≤ 4 eV/atom. PMID:26916620

  12. Calculation of composition distribution of ultrafine ion-H2O-H2SO4 clusters using a modified binary ion nucleation theory

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    Singh, J. J.; Smith, A. S.; Chan, L. Y.; Yue, G. K.

    1982-01-01

    Thomson's ion nucleation theory was modified to include the effects of curvature dependence of the microscopic surface tension of field dependent, nonlinear, dielectric properties of the liquid; and of sulfuric acid hydrate formation in binary mixtures of water and sulfuric acid vapors. The modified theory leads to a broadening of the ion cluster spectrum, and shifts it towards larger numbers of H2O and H2SO4 molecules. Whether there is more shifting towards larger numbers of H2O or H2SO4 molecules depends on the relative humidity and relative acidity of the mixture. Usually, a broadening of the spectrum is accompanied by a lowering of the mean cluster intensity. For fixed values of relative humidity and relative acidity, a similar broadening pattern is observed when the temperature is lowered. These features of the modified theory illustrate that a trace of sulfuric acid can facilitate the formation of ultrafine, stable, prenucleation ion clusters as well as the growth of the prenucleation ion clusters towards the critical saddle point conditions, even with low values of relative humidity and relative acidity.

  13. Gas-phase reaction of CeVO5(+) cluster ions with C2H4: the reactivity of cluster bonded peroxides.

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    Ma, Jia-Bi; Meng, Jing-Heng; He, Sheng-Gui

    2015-02-21

    Cerium-vanadium oxide cluster cations CeVO5(+) were generated by laser ablation, mass-selected using a quadrupole mass filter, thermalized through collisions with helium atoms, and then reacted with ethene molecules in a linear ion trap reactor. The cluster reactions have been characterized by time-of-flight mass spectrometry and density functional theory calculations. The CeVO5(+) cluster has a closed-shell electronic structure and contains a peroxide (O2(2-)) unit. The cluster bonded O2(2-) species is reactive enough to oxidize a C2H4 molecule to generate C2H4O2 that can be an acetic acid molecule. Atomic oxygen radicals (O(-)˙), superoxide radicals (O2(-)˙), and peroxides are the three common reactive oxygen species. The reactivity of cluster bonded O(-)˙ and O2(-)˙ radicals has been widely studied while the O2(2-) species were generally thought to be much less reactive or inert toward small molecules under thermal collision conditions. This work is among the first to report the reactivity of the peroxide unit on transition metal oxide clusters with hydrocarbon molecules, to the best of our knowledge. PMID:25573178

  14. Soft Landing of Mass-Selected Gold Clusters: Influence of Ion and Ligand on Charge Retention and Reactivity

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    Johnson, Grant E.; Laskin, Julia

    2015-02-01

    Herein, we employ a combination of reduction synthesis in solution, soft landing of mass-selected precursor and product ions, and in situ time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) to examine the influence of ion and the length of diphosphine ligands on the charge retention and reactivity of ligated gold clusters deposited onto self-assembled monolayer surfaces (SAMs). Product ions (Au10L42+, (10,4)2+, L = 1,3-bis(diphenyl-phosphino)propane, DPPP) were prepared through in-source collision induced dissociation (CID) and precursor ions [(8,4)2+, L = 1,6-bis(diphenylphosphino)hexane, DPPH] were synthesized in solution for comparison to (11,5)3+ precursor ions ligated with DPPP investigated previously (ACS Nano 2012, 6, 573 and J. Phys. Chem. C. 2012, 116, 24977). Similar to (11,5)3+ precursor ions, the (10,4)2+ product ions are shown to retain charge on 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecanethiol monolayers (FSAMs). Additional abundant peaks at higher m/z indicative of reactivity are observed in the TOF-SIMS spectrum of (10,4)2+ product ions that are not seen for (11,5)3+ precursor ions. The abundance of (10,4)2+ on 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid (COOH-SAMs) is demonstrated to be lower than on FSAMs, consistent with partial reduction of charge. The (10,4)2+ product ion on 1-dodecanethiol (HSAMs) exhibits peaks similar to those seen on the COOH-SAM. On the HSAM, higher m/z peaks indicative of reactivity are observed similar to those on the FSAM. The (8,4)2+ DPPH precursor ions are shown to retain charge on FSAMs similar to (11,5)3+ precursor ions prepared with DPPP. An additional peak corresponding to attachment of one gold atom to (8,4)2+ is observed at higher m/z for DPPH-ligated clusters. On the COOH-SAM, (8,4)2+ is less abundant than on the FSAM consistent with partial neutralization. The results indicate that although retention of charge by product ions generated by CID is similar to precursor ions their reactivity during analysis with SIMS is different

  15. Cluster Ion Beam Induced Nano Metallic Rippled Structures for Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR) Based Sensors

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    Saleem, Iram; Tilakaratne, Buddhi; He, Yanzhi; Nzumbe, Epie; Wijesundera, Dharshana; Chen, Quark; Chu, Wei-Kan

    2015-03-01

    Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) based bio sensors have a high sensitivity and exploit a label free real time analytical detection mechanism. We have produced plasmonic nano-structured substrates by cluster ion beam irradiation of thin gold films and have studied their effectiveness as potential plasmonic sensors. By adsorbing a mono-layer of thiolated organic compounds on the surface of these substrates we identified the shift in the LSPR peaks triggered by the change of dielectric function in the neighborhood of the structures. These plasmonic nano-metallic structures can be utilized to observe the change of LSPR resonance frequency due to adsorption, re-adsorption and reactions taking place on the surface that can potentially be mapped to reaction mechanics

  16. Gas Cluster Ion Beam Etching under Acetic Acid Vapor for Etch-Resistant Material

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    Yamaguchi, Akira; Hinoura, Ryo; Toyoda, Noriaki; Hara, Ken-ichi; Yamada, Isao

    2013-05-01

    Gas cluster ion beam (GCIB) etching of etch-resistant materials under acetic acid vapor was studied for development of new manufacturing process of future nonvolatile memory. Etching depths of various etch-resistant materials (Pt, Ru, Ta, CoFe) with acetic acid vapor during O2-GCIB irradiations were 1.8-10.7 times higher than those without acetic acid. Also, etching depths of Ru, Ta, CoFe by Ar-GCIB with acetic acid vapor were 2.2-16.1 times higher than those without acetic acid. Even after etching of Pt, smoothing of Pt was realized using O2-GCIB under acetic acid. From XPS and angular distribution of sputtered Pt, it was shown that PtOx layer was formed on Pt after O2-GCIB irradiation. PtOx reacted with acetic acid by GCIB bombardments; as a result, increase of etching depth was observed.

  17. Compositions and Structures of Vanadium Oxide Cluster Ions VmOn(±) (m = 2-20) Investigated by Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry.

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    Wu, Jenna W J; Moriyama, Ryoichi; Tahara, Hiroshi; Ohshimo, Keijiro; Misaizu, Fuminori

    2016-06-01

    Stable compositions and geometrical structures of vanadium oxide cluster ions, VmOn(±), were investigated by ion mobility mass spectrometry (IM-MS). The most stable compositions of vanadium oxide cluster cations were (V2O4)(V2O5)(m-2)/2(+) and (VO2)(V2O5)(m-1)/2(+), depending on the clusters with even and odd numbers of vanadium atoms. Compositions one-oxygen richer than the cations, such as (V2O5)m/2(-) and (VO3)(V2O5)(m-1)/2(-), were predominantly observed for cluster anions. Assignments of these stable cluster ion compositions, which were determined as a result of collision-induced dissociations in IM-MS, can partly be explained with consideration of spin density distribution. By comparing the experimental collision cross sections (CCSs) obtained from ion mobility measurement with CCSs of the theoretically calculated structures, we confirmed the patterned growth of geometrical structures partially discussed in previous theoretical and spectroscopic studies. We showed that even sized (V2O5)m/2(±) where m = 6-12 had right polygonal prism structures except for the anionic V12O30(-), and for the clusters of odd numbers of vanadium m, cations and anions can either have bridged or pyramid structures. Both of the odd sized structures proposed were derivatives from the even sized right polygonal prism structures. The exception, V12O30(-), which had a CCS almost equal to that of the neighboring smaller V11O28(-), should have a structure of higher density than the right hexagonal prism, in which it was proposed to be a captured pyramid structure, derived from V11O28(-). PMID:27172006

  18. Changes in cluster magnetism and suppression of local superconductivity in amorphous FeCrB alloy irradiated by Ar+ ions

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    Okunev, V. D.; Samoilenko, Z. A.; Szymczak, H.; Szewczyk, A.; Szymczak, R.; Lewandowski, S. J.; Aleshkevych, P.; Malinowski, A.; Gierłowski, P.; Więckowski, J.; Wolny-Marszałek, M.; Jeżabek, M.; Varyukhin, V. N.; Antoshina, I. A.

    2016-02-01

    We show that cluster magnetism in ferromagnetic amorphous Fe67Cr18B15 alloy is related to the presence of large, D=150-250 Å, α-(Fe Cr) clusters responsible for basic changes in cluster magnetism, small, D=30-100 Å, α-(Fe, Cr) and Fe3B clusters and subcluster atomic α-(Fe, Cr, B) groupings, D=10-20 Å, in disordered intercluster medium. For initial sample and irradiated one (Φ=1.5×1018 ions/cm2) superconductivity exists in the cluster shells of metallic α-(Fe, Cr) phase where ferromagnetism of iron is counterbalanced by antiferromagnetism of chromium. At Φ=3×1018 ions/cm2, the internal stresses intensify and the process of iron and chromium phase separation, favorable for mesoscopic superconductivity, changes for inverse one promoting more homogeneous distribution of iron and chromium in the clusters as well as gigantic (twice as much) increase in density of the samples. As a result, in the cluster shells ferromagnetism is restored leading to the increase in magnetization of the sample and suppression of local superconductivity. For initial samples, the temperature dependence of resistivity ρ(T)~T2 is determined by the electron scattering on quantum defects. In strongly inhomogeneous samples, after irradiation by fluence Φ=1.5×1018 ions/cm2, the transition to a dependence ρ(T)~T1/2 is caused by the effects of weak localization. In more homogeneous samples, at Φ=3×1018 ions/cm2, a return to the dependence ρ(T)~T2 is observed.

  19. Structural Characterizations of Palladium Clusters Prepared by Polyol Reduction of [PdCl 4 ] (2-) Ions.

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    Schiavo, Loredana; Aversa, Lucrezia; Tatti, Roberta; Verucchi, Roberto; Carotenuto, Gianfranco

    2016-01-01

    Palladium nanoparticles are of great interest in many industrial fields, ranging from catalysis and hydrogen technology to microelectronics, thanks to their unique physical and chemical properties. In this work, palladium clusters have been prepared by reduction of [PdCl4](2-) ions with ethylene glycol, in the presence of poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) (PVP) as stabilizer. The stabilizer performs the important role of nucleating agent for the Pd atoms with a fast phase separation, since palladium atoms coordinated to the polymer side-groups are forced at short distances during nucleation. Quasispherical palladium clusters with a diameter of ca. 2.6 nm were obtained by reaction in air at 90°C for 2 hours. An extensive materials characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and other characterizations (TGA, SEM, EDS-SEM, and UV-Vis) has been performed in order to evaluate the structure and oxidation state of nanopalladium. PMID:27073712

  20. Direct imaging of rare-earth ion clusters in Yb:CaF2

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    Lacroix, B.; Genevois, C.; Doualan, J. L.; Brasse, G.; Braud, A.; Ruterana, P.; Camy, P.; Talbot, E.; Moncorgé, R.; Margerie, J.

    2014-09-01

    The existence and the identification of only one or several coparticipating luminescent Yb3+ centers in the heavily doped Yb :CaF2 laser crystals which are considered in the development of several high intensity laser chains have been examined first by using two complementary and original experimental approaches, i.e., registration of low temperature site-selective laser excitation spectra related to near-infrared and visible cooperative emission processes, on the one hand, and direct imaging at the atomic scale of isolated ions and clusters using a high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscope in the high angle annular dark-field mode, on the other hand, and then correlating the data with simple crystal field calculations. As a consequence, and although all the experimental details could not be accounted for quantitatively, a good overall correlation was found between the experimental and the theoretical data. The results show that at the investigated dopant concentrations, Yb:CaF2 should be considered as a multisite system whose luminescent and lasing properties are dominated by a series of Yb3+ clusters ranging from dimers to tetramers. Hexameric luminescent centers may be dominant at really high dopant concentrations (likely above 20 at. %), as was originally proposed, but certainly not at the intermediate dopant concentrations which are considered for the laser application, i.e., between about 0.5 and 10 at. %.

  1. X-Ray Spectroscopic Analysis of Boron-Nitride Clusters Deposited by Ion-Plating Method

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    Kohzuki, H.; Motoyama, M.; Kaneyoshi, T.; Kowada, Y.; Kawai, J.; Adachi, H.

    Cubic boron-nitride (c-BN) films were deposited on a silicon substrate by varying the deposition time, using a reactive ion-plating method. In order to investigate the growth mechanism of c-BN films, these c-BN films were characterized by x-ray emission spectra of boron (B K x-ray emission spectra), infrared absorption spectra, selected area diffraction patterns, and TEM microstructures. It was found that the BN film with sp2 bonding formed initially on the substrate and subsequently c-BN film formed. The c-BN film was composed of fine crystallites with a size of about 10 nm and with random orientation. In the case of the B K x-ray emission spectrum from the BN film with sp2 bonding, the intensity of the satellite peak at the short-wavelength side was extremely stronger than that of sp2-bonded BN-like turbostratic or hexagonal BN. As a result of calculation of the B K x-ray emission spectrum of BN using the discrete variational Hartree-Fock-Slater (DV-Xα) method, it was found that the satellite peak intensity increased with formation of the fine BN cluster having two-coordinated boron (which has a dangling bond) and with decreasing size of the cluster. Therefore, it is considered that the BN film with sp2 bonding was composed of the very fine BN cluster having two-coordinated borons, and became the precursor of c-BN film at the interface between the substrate and c-BN film.

  2. Ion Clusters in Nucleation Experiments in the CERN Cloud Chamber: Sulfuric Acid + Ammonia + Dimethyl Amine + Oxidized Organics

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    Worsnop, D. R.; Schobesberger, S.; Bianchi, F.; Ehrhart, S.; Junninen, H.; Kulmala, M. T.

    2012-12-01

    Nucleation from gaseous precursors is an important source of aerosol particles in the atmosphere. The CLOUD experiment at CERN provides exceptionally clean and well-defined experimental conditions for studies of atmospheric nucleation and initial growth, in a 26 m3 stainless-steel chamber. In addition, the influence of cosmic rays on nucleation and nanoparticle growth can be simulated by exposing the chamber to a pion beam produced by the CERN Proton Synchrotron. A key to understanding the mechanism by which nucleation proceeds in the CLOUD chamber is the use of state-of-the-art instrumentation, including the Atmospheric Pressure interface Time-Of-Flight (APi-TOF) mass spectrometer. The APi-TOF is developed by Tofwerk AG, and Aerodyne Research, Inc., and typically obtains resolutions between 4000 and 6000 Th/Th and mass accuracies < 10 ppm. Sampling occurs directly from atmospheric pressure through a critical orifice. Ions are then focused and guided to the time-of-flight mass spectrometer, while passing through differentially pumped chambers. No ionization of the sampled aerosol is performed; only ions charged in the chamber are detected in the current configuration. For all studied chemical systems, the APi-TOF detected ion clusters that could directly be linked to nucleation. The composition of these ion clusters could be determined based on their exact masses and isotopic patterns. Aided by the chamber's cleanliness and the possibility of enhancing ion concentrations by using CERN's pion beam, a remarkably large fraction of the ion spectra could be identified, even for more complex chemical systems studied. For the ammonia-sulfuric acid-water system, for instance, growing clusters containing ammonia (NH3) and sulfuric acid (H2SO4) were observed up to 3300 Th. Adding dimethyl amine and/or pinanediol into the CLOUD chamber, altered the chemical compositions of the observed ion clusters accordingly. Cluster growth then included mixtures of sulfuric acid and

  3. Study of compressible coherent structures, close to ion scales, in solar wind turbulence using Cluster data

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    Perrone, Denise; Alexandrova, Olga; Mangeney, André; Maksimovic, Milan; Rocoto, Virgile; Pantellini, Filippo; Zaslavsky, Arnaud; Issautier, Karine

    2015-04-01

    The interplanetary medium, a weakly collisional and fully turbulent medium, can be considered the best natural laboratory to study the dynamical behavior of turbulent plasmas. A fundamental question in solar wind plasma physics is whether, space plasma turbulence can be considered as a mixture of quasi-linear waves or if the turbulence is strong with formation of coherent structures responsible for the dissipation. Here we present an automatic method to identify compressible coherent structures using Morlet wavelet decomposition of magnetic signal from Cluster spacecraft and reconstruction of magnetic fluctuations in a selected scale range (0.033-0.2 Hz). Different kind of coherent structures have been detected: from soliton-like compressible structures to current sheet- or vortex-like alfvenic structures. A multi-satellite analysis, in order to characterize 3D geometry and propagation in plasma rest frame, reveals that these structures propagate quasi-perpendicular to the mean magnetic field, with finite velocity. Moreover, the spatial scales of coherent structures have been estimated: for the selected frequency range, the distribution of spatial scales is picked around ~30 ion Larmor radius or ion inertial length (~1200 km). Our observations in the solar wind can provide constraints on theoretical modeling of small-scale turbulence and dissipation in collisionless magnetized plasmas.

  4. Improvement of the gas cluster ion beam-(GCIB)-based molecular secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) depth profile with O2(+) cosputtering.

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    Chu, Yi-Hsuan; Liao, Hua-Yang; Lin, Kang-Yi; Chang, Hsun-Yun; Kao, Wei-Lun; Kuo, Ding-Yuan; You, Yun-Wen; Chu, Kuo-Jui; Wu, Chen-Yi; Shyue, Jing-Jong

    2016-04-21

    Over the last decade, cluster ion beams have displayed their capability to analyze organic materials and biological specimens. Compared with atomic ion beams, cluster ion beams non-linearly enhance the sputter yield, suppress damage accumulation and generate high mass fragments during sputtering. These properties allow successful Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS) analysis of soft materials beyond the static limit. Because the intensity of high mass molecular ions is intrinsically low, enhancing the intensity of these secondary ions while preserving the sample in its original state is the key to highly sensitive molecular depth profiles. In this work, bulk poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) was used as a model material and analyzed using Time-of-Flight SIMS (ToF-SIMS) with a pulsed Bi3(2+) primary ion. The optimized hardware of a 10 kV Ar2500(+) Gas Cluster Ion Beam (GCIB) with a low kinetic energy (200-500 V) oxygen ion (O2(+)) as a cosputter beam was employed for generating depth profiles and for examining the effect of beam parameters. The results were then quantitatively analyzed using an established erosion model. It was found that the ion intensity of the PET monomer ([M + H](+)) and its large molecular fragment ([M - C2H4O + H](+)) steadily declined during single GCIB sputtering, with distortion of the distribution information. However, under an optimized GCIB-O2(+) cosputter, the secondary ion intensity quickly reached a steady state and retained >95% intensity with respect to the pristine surface, although the damage cross-section was larger than that of single GCIB sputtering. This improvement was due to the oxidation of molecules and the formation of -OH groups that serve as proton donors to particles emitted from the surface. As a result, the ionization yield was enhanced and damage to the chemical structure was masked. Although O2(+) is known to alter the chemical structure and cause damage accumulation, the concurrently used GCIB could

  5. Ion mobility spectrometry-mass spectrometry examination of the structures, stabilities, and extents of hydration of dimethylamine-sulfuric acid clusters.

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    Thomas, Jikku M; He, Siqin; Larriba-Andaluz, Carlos; DePalma, Joseph W; Johnston, Murray V; Hogan, Christopher J

    2016-08-17

    We applied an atmospheric pressure differential mobility analyzer (DMA) coupled to a time-of-flight mass spectrometer to examine the stability, mass-mobility relationship, and extent of hydration of dimethylamine-sulfuric acid cluster ions, which are of relevance to nucleation in ambient air. Cluster ions were generated by electrospray ionization and were of the form: [H((CH3)2NH)x(H2SO4)y](+) and [(HSO4)((CH3)2NH)x(H2SO4)y](-), where 4 ≤ x ≤ 8, and 5 ≤ y ≤ 12. Under dry conditions, we find that positively charged cluster ions dissociated via loss of both multiple dimethylamine and sulfuric acid molecules after mobility analysis but prior to mass analysis, and few parent ions were detected in the mass spectrometer. Dissociation also occurred for negative ions, but to a lesser extent than for positive ions for the same mass spectrometer inlet conditions. Under humidified conditions (relative humidities up to 30% in the DMA), positively charged cluster ion dissociation in the mass spectrometer inlet was mitigated and occurred primarily by H2SO4 loss from ions containing excess acid molecules. DMA measurements were used to infer collision cross sections (CCSs) for all identifiable cluster ions. Stokes-Millikan equation and diffuse/inelastic gas molecule scattering predicted CCSs overestimate measured CCSs by more than 15%, while elastic-specular collision model predictions are in good agreement with measurements. Finally, cluster ion hydration was examined by monitoring changes in CCSs with increasing relative humidity. All examined cluster ions showed a modest amount of water molecule adsorption, with percentage increases in CCS smaller than 10%. The extent of hydration correlates directly with cluster ion acidity for positive ions. PMID:27485283

  6. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry studies of cluster ion analysis for semiconductors and diffusion of manganese in gallium arsenide at low temperatures

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    Goacher, Robyn Elizabeth

    Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) is an established method for the quantitative analysis of dopants in semiconductors. The quasi-parallel mass acquisition of Time-of-Flight SIMS, along with the development of polyatomic primary ions, have rapidly increased the use of SIMS for analysis of organic and biological specimens. However, the advantages and disadvantages of using cluster primary ions for quantitative analysis of inorganic materials are not clear. The research described in this dissertation investigates the consequences of using polyatomic primary ions for the analysis of inorganic compounds in ToF-SIMS. Furthermore, the diffusion of Mn in GaAs, which is important in Spintronic material applications such as spin injection, is also studied by quantitative ToF-SIMS depth profiling. In the first portion of this work, it was discovered that primary ion bombardment of pre-sputtered compound semiconductors GaAs and InP for the purpose of spectral analysis resulted in the formation of cluster secondary ions, as well as atomic secondary ions (Chapter 2). In particular, bombardment using a cluster primary ion such as Bi3q + or C60q+ resulted in higher yields of high-mass cluster secondary ions. These cluster secondary ions did not have bulk stoichiometry, "non-stoichiometric", in contrast to the paradigm of stoichiometric cluster ions generated from salts. This is attributed to the covalent bonding of the compound semiconductors, as well as to preferential sputtering. The utility of high-mass cluster secondary ions in depth profiling is also discussed. Relative sensitivity factors (RSFs) calculated for ion-implanted Fe and Mn samples in GaAs also exhibit differences based on whether monatomic or polyatomic primary ions are utilized (Chapter 3). These RSFs are important for the quantitative conversion of intensity to concentration. When Bi 32+ primary ions are used for analysis instead of Bi + primary ions, there is a significantly higher proportion of Mn and Fe

  7. Nonadiabatic molecular dynamics simulations of the photofragmentation and geminate recombination dynamics in size-selected I2- . Arn cluster ions

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    Batista, V. S.; Coker, D. F.

    1997-05-01

    We investigate the photodissociation, geminate recombination and relaxation dynamics in size-selected I2-ṡArn cluster ions using a coupled quantum-classical molecular dynamics method and a model Hamiltonian gained from diatomics-in-ionic systems. We calculate photofragmentation yields of various charged product clusters of the dissociated I-ṡArf or recombined I2-ṡArf' forms as a function of precursor cluster size and find almost quantitative agreement with experimental results. The trends in photofragmentation are explained in terms of various participating electronically nonadiabatic channels coupled with vibrational relaxation on these different surfaces. We also explore the role of long range electrostatic interactions and underlying precursor cluster geometry on the photofragmentation dynamics.

  8. The mathematical principles and design of the NAIS - a spectrometer for the measurement of cluster ion and nanometer aerosol size distributions

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    Mirme, S.; Mirme, A.

    2013-04-01

    The paper describes the Neutral cluster and Air Ion Spectrometer (NAIS) - a multichannel aerosol instrument capable of measuring the distribution of ions (charged particles and cluster ions) of both polarities in the electric mobility range from 3.2 to 0.0013 cm2 V-1 s-1 and the distribution of aerosol particles in the size range from 2.0 to 40 nm. We introduce the principles of design, data processing and spectrum deconvolution of the instrument.

  9. Ion channel clustering at the axon initial segment and node of Ranvier evolved sequentially in early chordates.

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    Hill, Alexis S; Nishino, Atsuo; Nakajo, Koichi; Zhang, Giuxin; Fineman, Jaime R; Selzer, Michael E; Okamura, Yasushi; Cooper, Edward C

    2008-12-01

    In many mammalian neurons, dense clusters of ion channels at the axonal initial segment and nodes of Ranvier underlie action potential generation and rapid conduction. Axonal clustering of mammalian voltage-gated sodium and KCNQ (Kv7) potassium channels is based on linkage to the actin-spectrin cytoskeleton, which is mediated by the adaptor protein ankyrin-G. We identified key steps in the evolution of this axonal channel clustering. The anchor motif for sodium channel clustering evolved early in the chordate lineage before the divergence of the wormlike cephalochordate, amphioxus. Axons of the lamprey, a very primitive vertebrate, exhibited some invertebrate features (lack of myelin, use of giant diameter to hasten conduction), but possessed narrow initial segments bearing sodium channel clusters like in more recently evolved vertebrates. The KCNQ potassium channel anchor motif evolved after the divergence of lampreys from other vertebrates, in a common ancestor of shark and humans. Thus, clustering of voltage-gated sodium channels was a pivotal early innovation of the chordates. Sodium channel clusters at the axon initial segment serving the generation of action potentials evolved long before the node of Ranvier. KCNQ channels acquired anchors allowing their integration into pre-existing sodium channel complexes at about the same time that ancient vertebrates acquired myelin, saltatory conduction, and hinged jaws. The early chordate refinements in action potential mechanisms we have elucidated appear essential to the complex neural signaling, active behavior, and evolutionary success of vertebrates. PMID:19112491

  10. Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron Waves near the Plasmapause: A CLUSTER Case Study

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    Fraser, B. J.; Liu, Y.; Menk, F. W.

    2011-12-01

    Electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves in the Pc1 ultra-low frequency wave band (0.2-5Hz) observed in the plasmasphere and magnetosphere are generated by micro-scale instabilities associated with keV energetic protons of ring current origin. This case study presents a typical EMIC wave event with frequency 1.8-3.5 Hz observed by the four Cluster spacecraft when passing through perigee (L ~ 4:2) and moving northward on 2 November 2001 around 08 MLT. The event occurred around the magnetic equatorial plane within magnetic latitude range ±18 degrees with a short duration of 50 minutes. The associated cold electron density data show the wave power was confined within the narrow shell of the plasmapause where the electron density gradient decreased from 30-80 cm-3 to 20 cm-3. The radial scale size of the wave region is estimated at ~ 0:77 Re. The wave polarization was dominantly left-handed around the equatorial region and inner side of source region, but appeared right-handed close to the outer edge of the plasmapause and at higher latitudes. The Poynting flux and minimum variance analysis indicate that the wave energy was mainly transported towards high latitudes though oblique propagation was seen around the equatorial region. Enhanced H+, He+ and O+ particle energy fluxes were seen during the wave event over energy range ~25eV-40keV. Unfortunately the lower energy cold plasma composition data were not available. These observations suggest the waves originated around the equatorial region in the high density outer plasmasphere-plasmapause which overlaps the ring current; ideal conditions for wave generation by the ion cyclotron instability.

  11. Novel ion specificity of a carboxylate cluster Mg(II) binding site: strong charge selectivity and weak size selectivity.

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    Needham, J V; Chen, T Y; Falke, J J

    1993-04-01

    Carboxylate cluster Mg(II) binding sites consist of a cluster of side-chain carboxylates, typically 3-4 in number, partially buried in a shallow cleft on the surface of a Mg(II) binding protein. Such clusters are often found in the active sites of enzymes catalyzing phosphochemistry. An example is the phospho-signaling protein CheY of the Escherichia coli chemotaxis pathway, which binds Mg(II) via a cluster of three carboxylates at its phosphorylation site. The present study quantitates both the ion charge and size specificity of the CheY site by measuring the dissociation constants of metal ions from groups Ia, IIa, IIIa, and the lanthanides; these spherical cations provide a range of substrates with incrementally varying charge and radius. The site binds divalent and trivalent cations, but it effectively excludes monovalent cations, including the physiological ions Na(I) and K(I). This charge specificity is in contrast to the site's remarkable lack of size specificity: divalent and trivalent cations exhibit affinities which are essentially independent of radius. It is revealing to compare the ion specificity of the Mg(II) site with the previously characterized specificity of the EF-hand class of Ca(II) sites commonly found in Ca(II) signaling proteins. The Mg(II) and Ca(II) sites exhibit similar charge selectivity, but the Ca(II) site is highly size-selective, preferring divalent and trivalent ions with radii similar to that of Ca(II).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:8461299

  12. Three-Dimensional Image of Cleavage Bodies in Nuclei Is Configured Using Gas Cluster Ion Beam with Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry.

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    Masaki, Noritaka; Ishizaki, Itsuko; Hayasaka, Takahiro; Fisher, Gregory L; Sanada, Noriaki; Yokota, Hideo; Setou, Mitsutoshi

    2015-01-01

    Structural variations of DNA in nuclei are deeply related with development, aging, and diseases through transcriptional regulation. In order to bare cross sections of samples maintaining sub-micron structures, an Ar2500(+)-gas cluster ion beam (GCIB) sputter was recently engineered. By introducing GCIB sputter to time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), we analyzed the 3D configuration and chemical composition of subnuclear structures of pyramidal cells in the CA2 region in mouse brain hippocampus. Depth profiles of chemicals were analyzed as 3D distributions by combining topographic analyses. Signals corresponding to anions such as CN(-) and PO3(-) were distributed characteristically in the shape of cell organelles. CN(-) signals overlapped DAPI fluorescence signals corresponding to nuclei. The clusters shown by PO3(-) and those of adenine ions were colocalized inside nuclei revealed by the 3D reconstruction. Taking into account their size and their number in each nucleus, those clusters could be in the cleavage bodies, which are a kind of intranuclear structure. PMID:25961407

  13. Three-Dimensional Image of Cleavage Bodies in Nuclei Is Configured Using Gas Cluster Ion Beam with Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

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    Masaki, Noritaka; Ishizaki, Itsuko; Hayasaka, Takahiro; Fisher, Gregory L.; Sanada, Noriaki; Yokota, Hideo; Setou, Mitsutoshi

    2015-01-01

    Structural variations of DNA in nuclei are deeply related with development, aging, and diseases through transcriptional regulation. In order to bare cross sections of samples maintaining sub-micron structures, an Ar2500+-gas cluster ion beam (GCIB) sputter was recently engineered. By introducing GCIB sputter to time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), we analyzed the 3D configuration and chemical composition of subnuclear structures of pyramidal cells in the CA2 region in mouse brain hippocampus. Depth profiles of chemicals were analyzed as 3D distributions by combining topographic analyses. Signals corresponding to anions such as CN− and PO3− were distributed characteristically in the shape of cell organelles. CN− signals overlapped DAPI fluorescence signals corresponding to nuclei. The clusters shown by PO3− and those of adenine ions were colocalized inside nuclei revealed by the 3D reconstruction. Taking into account their size and their number in each nucleus, those clusters could be in the cleavage bodies, which are a kind of intranuclear structure. PMID:25961407

  14. Polymerization of ionized acetylene clusters into covalent bonded ions: evidence for the formation of benzene radical cation.

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    Momoh, Paul O; Abrash, Samuel A; Mabrouki, Ridha; El-Shall, M Samy

    2006-09-27

    Since the discovery of acetylene and benzene in protoplanetary nebulae under powerful ultraviolet ionizing radiation, efforts have been made to investigate the polymerization of ionized acetylene. Here we report the efficient formation of benzene ions within gas-phase ionized acetylene clusters (C2H2)n+ with n = 3-60. The results from experiments, which use mass-selected ion mobility techniques, indicate that the (C2H2)3+ ion has unusual stability similar to that of the benzene cation; its primary fragment ions are similar to those reported from the benzene cation, and it has a collision cross section of 47.4 A2 in helium at 300 K, similar to the value of 47.9 A2 reported for the benzene cation. In other words, (C2H2)3+ structurally looks like benzene, it has stability similar to that of benzene, it fragments such as benzene, therefore, it must be benzene! PMID:16984178

  15. Lipid imaging by gold cluster time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry: application to Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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    Touboul, David; Brunelle, Alain; Halgand, Frédéric; De La Porte, Sabine; Laprévote, Olivier

    2005-07-01

    Imaging with time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) has expanded very rapidly with the development of gold cluster ion sources (Au(3+)). It is now possible to acquire ion density maps (ion images) on a tissue section without any treatment and with a lateral resolution of few micrometers. In this article, we have taken advantage of this technique to study the degeneration/regeneration process in muscles of a Duchenne muscular dystrophy model mouse. Specific distribution of different lipid classes (fatty acids, triglycerides, phospholipids, tocopherol, coenzyme Q9, and cholesterol) allows us to distinguish three different regions on a mouse leg section: one is destroyed, another is degenerating (oxidative stress and deregulation of the phosphoinositol cycle), and the last one is stable. TOF-SIMS imaging shows the ability to localize directly on a tissue section a great number of lipid compounds that reflect the state of the cellular metabolism. PMID:15834124

  16. Smart darting diffusion Monte Carlo: Applications to lithium ion-Stockmayer clusters

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    Christensen, H. M.; Jake, L. C.; Curotto, E.

    2016-05-01

    In a recent investigation [K. Roberts et al., J. Chem. Phys. 136, 074104 (2012)], we have shown that, for a sufficiently complex potential, the Diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) random walk can become quasiergodic, and we have introduced smart darting-like moves to improve the sampling. In this article, we systematically characterize the bias that smart darting moves introduce in the estimate of the ground state energy of a bosonic system. We then test a simple approach to eliminate completely such bias from the results. The approach is applied for the determination of the ground state of lithium ion-n-dipoles clusters in the n = 8-20 range. For these, the smart darting diffusion Monte Carlo simulations find the same ground state energy and mixed-distribution as the traditional approach for n < 14. In larger systems we find that while the ground state energies agree quantitatively with or without smart darting moves, the mixed-distributions can be significantly different. Some evidence is offered to conclude that introducing smart darting-like moves in traditional DMC simulations may produce a more reliable ground state mixed-distribution.

  17. Super-Resolution Scanning Patch-Clamp Reveals Clustering of Functional Ion Channels in the Adult Ventricular Myocyte

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    Bhargava, Anamika; Lin, Xianming; Novak, Pavel; Mehta, Kinneri; Korchev, Yuri

    2013-01-01

    Rationale Compartmentation of ion channels on the cardiomyocyte surface is important for electrical propagation and electromechanical coupling. The specialized T-tubule and costameric structures facilitate spatial coupling of various ion channels and receptors. Existing methods like immunofluorescence and patch-clamp techniques are limited in their ability to localize functional ion channels. As such, a correlation between channel protein location and channel function remains incomplete. Objective To validate a method that permits to routinely image the topography of a live cardiomyocyte, and then study clustering of functional ion channels from a specific microdomain. Methods and Results We used scanning ion conductance microscopy and conventional cell-attached patch-clamp with a software modification that allows controlled increase of pipette tip diameter. The sharp nanopipette used for topography scan was modified into a larger patch pipette which can be positioned with nanoscale precision to a specific site of interest (crest, groove or T-tubules of cardiomyocytes), and sealed to the membrane for cell-attached recording of ion channels. Using this method, we significantly increased the probability of detecting activity of L-type calcium channels in the T-tubules of ventricular cardiomyocytes. We also demonstrated that active sodium channels do not distribute homogenously on the sarcolemma but rather, they segregate into clusters of various densities -most crowded in the crest region- that are surrounded by areas virtually free of functional sodium channels. Conclusions Our new method substantially increases the throughput of recording location-specific functional ion channels on the cardiomyocyte sarcolemma, thus allowing characterization of ion channels in relation to the microdomain in which they reside. PMID:23438901

  18. Formation of aluminum films on silicon by ion beam deposition: A comparison with ionized cluster beam deposition

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    Zuhr, R.A.; Haynes, T.E.; Galloway, M.D. ); Tanaka, S.; Yamada, A.; Yamada, I. . Ion Beam Engineering Lab.)

    1990-01-01

    The direct ion beam deposition (IBD) technique has been used to study the formation of oriented aluminum films on single crystal silicon substrates. In the IBD process, thin film growth is accomplished by decelerating a magnetically-analyzed ion beam to low energies (10--200 eV) for direct deposition onto the substrate under UHV conditions. The energy of the incident ions can be selected to provide the desired growth conditions, and the mass analysis ensures good beam purity. The aluminum on silicon system is one which has been studied extensively by ionized cluster beam (ICB) deposition. In this work, we have studied the formation of such films by IBD with emphasis on the effects of ion energy, substrate temperature, and surface cleanliness. Oriented films have been grown on Si(111) at temperatures from 40{degree} to 300{degree}C and with ion energies from 30 to 120 eV per ion. Completed films were analyzed by ion scattering, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and optical microscopy. Results achieved for thin films grown by IBD are compared with results for similar films grown by ICB deposition. 15 refs., 3 figs.

  19. The effect of acid-base clustering and ions on the growth of atmospheric nano-particles

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    Lehtipalo, Katrianne; Rondo, Linda; Kontkanen, Jenni; Schobesberger, Siegfried; Jokinen, Tuija; Sarnela, Nina; Kürten, Andreas; Ehrhart, Sebastian; Franchin, Alessandro; Nieminen, Tuomo; Riccobono, Francesco; Sipilä, Mikko; Yli-Juuti, Taina; Duplissy, Jonathan; Adamov, Alexey; Ahlm, Lars; Almeida, João; Amorim, Antonio; Bianchi, Federico; Breitenlechner, Martin; Dommen, Josef; Downard, Andrew J.; Dunne, Eimear M.; Flagan, Richard C.; Guida, Roberto; Hakala, Jani; Hansel, Armin; Jud, Werner; Kangasluoma, Juha; Kerminen, Veli-Matti; Keskinen, Helmi; Kim, Jaeseok; Kirkby, Jasper; Kupc, Agnieszka; Kupiainen-Määttä, Oona; Laaksonen, Ari; Lawler, Michael J.; Leiminger, Markus; Mathot, Serge; Olenius, Tinja; Ortega, Ismael K.; Onnela, Antti; Petäjä, Tuukka; Praplan, Arnaud; Rissanen, Matti P.; Ruuskanen, Taina; Santos, Filipe D.; Schallhart, Simon; Schnitzhofer, Ralf; Simon, Mario; Smith, James N.; Tröstl, Jasmin; Tsagkogeorgas, Georgios; Tomé, António; Vaattovaara, Petri; Vehkamäki, Hanna; Vrtala, Aron E.; Wagner, Paul E.; Williamson, Christina; Wimmer, Daniela; Winkler, Paul M.; Virtanen, Annele; Donahue, Neil M.; Carslaw, Kenneth S.; Baltensperger, Urs; Riipinen, Ilona; Curtius, Joachim; Worsnop, Douglas R.; Kulmala, Markku

    2016-05-01

    The growth of freshly formed aerosol particles can be the bottleneck in their survival to cloud condensation nuclei. It is therefore crucial to understand how particles grow in the atmosphere. Insufficient experimental data has impeded a profound understanding of nano-particle growth under atmospheric conditions. Here we study nano-particle growth in the CLOUD (Cosmics Leaving OUtdoors Droplets) chamber, starting from the formation of molecular clusters. We present measured growth rates at sub-3 nm sizes with different atmospherically relevant concentrations of sulphuric acid, water, ammonia and dimethylamine. We find that atmospheric ions and small acid-base clusters, which are not generally accounted for in the measurement of sulphuric acid vapour, can participate in the growth process, leading to enhanced growth rates. The availability of compounds capable of stabilizing sulphuric acid clusters governs the magnitude of these effects and thus the exact growth mechanism. We bring these observations into a coherent framework and discuss their significance in the atmosphere.

  20. Absolute single-ion solvation free energy scale in methanol determined by the lithium cluster-continuum approach.

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    Pliego, Josefredo R; Miguel, Elizabeth L M

    2013-05-01

    Absolute solvation free energy of the lithium cation in methanol was calculated by the cluster-continuum quasichemical theory of solvation. Clusters with up to five methanol molecules were investigated using X3LYP, MP2, and MP4 methods with DZVP, 6-311+G(2df,2p), TZVPP+diff, and QZVPP+diff basis sets and including the cluster solvation through the PCM and SMD continuum models. Our calculations have determined a value of -118.1 kcal mol(-1) for the solvation free energy of the lithium, in close agreement with a value of -116.6 kcal mol(-1) consistent with the TATB assumption. Using data of solvation and transfer free energy of a pair of ions, electrode potentials and pKa, we have obtained the solvation free energy of 25 ions in methanol. Our analysis leads to a value of -253.6 kcal mol(-1) for the solvation free energy of the proton, which can be compared with the value of -263.5 kcal mol(-1) obtained by Kelly et al. using the cluster pair approximation. Considering that this difference is due to the methanol surface potential, we have estimated that it corresponds to -0.429 V. PMID:23570440

  1. Reduce the matrix effect in biological tissue imaging using dynamic reactive ionization and gas cluster ion beams.

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    Tian, Hua; Wucher, Andreas; Winograd, Nicholas

    2016-06-01

    In the context of a secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) experiment, dynamic reactive ionization (DRI) involves introducing a reactive dopant, HCl, into an Ar gas cluster primary ion beam along with a source of water to enable dissociation of HCl to free protons. This concerted effect, precisely occurring at the impact site of the cluster beam, enhances the protonation of molecular species. Here, the authors apply this methodology to study the hippocampus and cerebellum region of a frozen-hydrated mouse brain section. To determine the degree of enhancement associated with DRI conditions, sequential tissue slices were arranged in a mirrored configuration so that comparable regions of the tissue could be explored. The results show that the protonated lipid species are increased by ∼10-fold, but that the normally prevalent salt adducts are virtually unaffected. This observation is discussed as a novel approach to minimizing SIMS matrix effects in complex materials. Moreover, the chemical images of protonated lipid ions exhibit clearer features in the cerebellum region as compared to images acquired with the pure Ar cluster beam. PMID:26856333

  2. Reactivity Control of Rhodium Cluster Ions by Alloying with Tantalum Atoms.

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    Mafuné, Fumitaka; Tawaraya, Yuki; Kudoh, Satoshi

    2016-02-18

    Gas phase, bielement rhodium and tantalum clusters, RhnTam(+) (n + m = 6), were prepared by the double laser ablation of Rh and Ta rods in He carrier gas. The clusters were introduced into a reaction gas cell filled with nitric oxide (NO) diluted with He and were subjected to collisions with NO and He at room temperature. The product species were observed by mass spectrometry, demonstrating that the NO molecules were sequentially adsorbed on the RhnTam(+) clusters to form RhnTam(+)NxOx (x = 1, 2, 3, ...) species. In addition, oxide clusters, RhnTam(+)O2, were also observed, suggesting that the NO molecules were dissociatively adsorbed on the cluster, the N atoms migrated on the surface to form N2, and the N2 molecules were released from RhnTam(+)N2O2. The reactivity, leading to oxide formation, was composition dependent: oxide clusters were dominantly formed for the bielement clusters containing both Rh and Ta atoms, whereas such clusters were hardly formed for the single-element Rhn(+) and Tam(+) clusters. DFT calculations indicated that the Ta atoms induce dissociation of NO on the clusters by lowering the dissociation energy, whereas the Rh atoms enable release of N2 by lowering the binding energy of the N atoms on the clusters. PMID:26799470

  3. Stable compositions and geometrical structures of titanium oxide cluster cations and anions studied by ion mobility mass spectrometry.

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    Ohshimo, Keijiro; Norimasa, Naoya; Moriyama, Ryoichi; Misaizu, Fuminori

    2016-05-21

    Geometrical structures of titanium oxide cluster cations and anions have been investigated by ion mobility mass spectrometry and quantum chemical calculations based on density functional theory. Stable cluster compositions with respect to collision induced dissociation were also determined by changing ion injection energy to an ion drift cell for mobility measurements. The TinO2n-1 (+) cations and TinO2n (-) anions were predominantly observed at high injection energies, in addition to TinO2n (+) for cations and TinO2n+1 (-) for anions. Collision cross sections of TinO2n (+) and TinO2n+1 (-) for n = 1-7, determined by ion mobility mass spectrometry, were compared with those obtained theoretically as orientation-averaged cross sections for the optimized structures by quantum chemical calculations. All of the geometrical structures thus assigned have three-dimensional structures, which are in marked contrast with other oxides of late transition metals. One-oxygen atom dissociation processes from TinO2n (+) and TinO2n+1 (-) by collisions were also explained by analysis of spin density distributions. PMID:27208947

  4. Stable compositions and geometrical structures of titanium oxide cluster cations and anions studied by ion mobility mass spectrometry

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    Ohshimo, Keijiro; Norimasa, Naoya; Moriyama, Ryoichi; Misaizu, Fuminori

    2016-05-01

    Geometrical structures of titanium oxide cluster cations and anions have been investigated by ion mobility mass spectrometry and quantum chemical calculations based on density functional theory. Stable cluster compositions with respect to collision induced dissociation were also determined by changing ion injection energy to an ion drift cell for mobility measurements. The TinO2n-1+ cations and TinO2n- anions were predominantly observed at high injection energies, in addition to TinO2n+ for cations and TinO2n+1- for anions. Collision cross sections of TinO2n+ and TinO2n+1- for n = 1-7, determined by ion mobility mass spectrometry, were compared with those obtained theoretically as orientation-averaged cross sections for the optimized structures by quantum chemical calculations. All of the geometrical structures thus assigned have three-dimensional structures, which are in marked contrast with other oxides of late transition metals. One-oxygen atom dissociation processes from TinO2n+ and TinO2n+1- by collisions were also explained by analysis of spin density distributions.

  5. Vibrational and unimolecular dissociation of mixed solvent cluster ions: Na +((CH 3) 2CO) n(CH 3OH) m

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    Weinheimer, Corey J.; Lisy, James M.

    1998-12-01

    The competitive solvation of the sodium ion by acetone and methanol has been investigated by vibrational spectroscopy of the C-O and O-H stretching modes of methanol and by unimolecular dissociation of mass-selected cluster ions using a tandem mass spectrometer. The onset of hydrogen bonding was detected by substantial shifts in the C-O (+12 to +16 cm -1) and O-H (-200 cm -1) stretches, as well as by significant increases in the intensity and width of the O-H bands. These onsets were observed when a total of five molecules were present about the ion. The unimolecular dissociation rates of metastable ion clusters of composition Na +((CH 3) 2CO) 1-9 and Na +((CH 3) 2CO) 1-8(CH 3OH) 1 were also measured using the same experimental apparatus. A significant increase in rate was observed when seven or more acetone molecules were present, suggesting a solvent shell size of six.

  6. Magnetic properties of Fe{sub 7}Co{sub 3} films with gas cluster ion beam irradiations

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    Toyoda, Noriaki; Fujimoto, Akihiro; Yamada, Isao

    2013-05-07

    Gas cluster ion beam (GCIB) irradiation was performed on Fe{sub 7}Co{sub 3} films to examine the magnetic properties. After Ar ion beam etching, the coercive force (H{sub c}) increased from the initial value; this may have been caused by irradiation damage from high-energy Ar ions. H{sub c} decreased after Ar-GCIB irradiation (acceleration voltage (V{sub a}): 20 kV, ion fluence (F): 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 15} ions/cm{sup 2}). Since GCIB is an equivalent low-energy (several eV/atom) ion beam, it shows a damage-recovery effect. When the ionization electron voltage (V{sub e}) was reduced from 200 to 60 V, H{sub c} was observed to further decrease. Since the fraction of multiply charged Ar-GCIB decreased with decreasing V{sub e}, severe damage of Fe{sub 7}Co{sub 3} films can be minimized by employing low V{sub e}.

  7. Improved mass resolution and mass accuracy in TOF-SIMS spectra and images using argon gas cluster ion beams.

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    Shon, Hyun Kyong; Yoon, Sohee; Moon, Jeong Hee; Lee, Tae Geol

    2016-06-01

    The popularity of argon gas cluster ion beams (Ar-GCIB) as primary ion beams in time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) has increased because the molecular ions of large organic- and biomolecules can be detected with less damage to the sample surfaces. However, Ar-GCIB is limited by poor mass resolution as well as poor mass accuracy. The inferior quality of the mass resolution in a TOF-SIMS spectrum obtained by using Ar-GCIB compared to the one obtained by a bismuth liquid metal cluster ion beam and others makes it difficult to identify unknown peaks because of the mass interference from the neighboring peaks. However, in this study, the authors demonstrate improved mass resolution in TOF-SIMS using Ar-GCIB through the delayed extraction of secondary ions, a method typically used in TOF mass spectrometry to increase mass resolution. As for poor mass accuracy, although mass calibration using internal peaks with low mass such as hydrogen and carbon is a common approach in TOF-SIMS, it is unsuited to the present study because of the disappearance of the low-mass peaks in the delayed extraction mode. To resolve this issue, external mass calibration, another regularly used method in TOF-MS, was adapted to enhance mass accuracy in the spectrum and image generated by TOF-SIMS using Ar-GCIB in the delayed extraction mode. By producing spectra analyses of a peptide mixture and bovine serum albumin protein digested with trypsin, along with image analyses of rat brain samples, the authors demonstrate for the first time the enhancement of mass resolution and mass accuracy for the purpose of analyzing large biomolecules in TOF-SIMS using Ar-GCIB through the use of delayed extraction and external mass calibration. PMID:26861497

  8. Examining the Critical Roles of Protons in Facilitating Oxidation of Chloride Ions by Permanganates: A Cluster Model Study

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    Zhang, Jian; Sun, Zhenrong; Wang, Xue B.

    2015-06-18

    The oxidation power of permanganates (MnO4–) is known to be strongly dependent on pH values, and is greatly enhanced in acidic solutions, in which, for example, MnO4– can even oxidize Cl– ions to produce Cl2 molecules. Although such dependence has been ascribed due to the different reduced states of Mn affordable in different pH media, a molecular level understanding and characterization of initial redox pair complexes available in different pH solutions is very limited. Herein, we report a comparative study of [MnO4]– and [MnO4•Sol]– (Sol = H2O, KCl, and HCl) anion clusters by negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy (NIPES) and theoretical computations to probe chemical bonding and electronic structures of [MnO4•Sol]– clusters, aimed to obtain a microscopic understanding of how MnO4– interacts with surrounding molecules. Our study shows that H2O behaves as a solvent molecule, KCl is a spectator bound by pure electrostatic interactions, both of which do not influence the MnO4– identity in their respective clusters. In contrast, in [MnO4•HCl]–, the proton is found to interact with both MnO4– and Cl– with appreciable covalent characters, and the frontier MOs of the cluster are comprised of contributions from both MnO4– and Cl– moieties. Therefore the proton serves as a chemical bridge, bringing two negatively charged redox species together to form an intimate redox pair. By adding more H+ to MnO4–, the oxygen atom can be taken away in the form of a water molecule, leaving MnO4– as an electron deficient MnO3+ species, which can subsequently oxidize Cl– ions.

  9. Coverage Dependent Charge Reduction of Cationic Gold Clusters on Surfaces Prepared Using Soft Landing of Mass-selected Ions

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    Johnson, Grant E.; Priest, Thomas A.; Laskin, Julia

    2012-11-29

    The ionic charge state of monodisperse cationic gold clusters on surfaces may be controlled by selecting the coverage of mass-selected ions soft landed onto a substrate. Polydisperse diphosphine-capped gold clusters were synthesized in solution by reduction of chloro(triphenylphosphine)gold(I) with borane tert-butylamine in the presence of 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane. The polydisperse gold clusters were introduced into the gas phase by electrospray ionization and mass selection was employed to select a multiply charged cationic cluster species (Au11L53+, m/z = 1409, L = 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane) which was delivered to the surfaces of four different self-assembled monolayers on gold (SAMs) at coverages of 1011 and 1012 clusters/mm2. Employing the spatial profiling capabilities of in-situ time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) it is shown that, in addition to the chemical functionality of the monolayer (as demonstrated previously: ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 573) the coverage of cationic gold clusters on the surface may be used to control the distribution of ionic charge states of the soft-landed multiply charged clusters. In the case of a 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecanethiol SAM (FSAM) almost complete retention of charge by the deposited Au11L53+ clusters was observed at a lower coverage of 1011 clusters/mm2. In contrast, at a higher coverage of 1012 clusters/mm2, pronounced reduction of charge to Au11L52+ and Au11L5+ was observed on the FSAM. When soft landed onto 16- and 11-mercaptohexadecanoic acid surfaces on gold (16,11-COOH-SAMs), the mass-selected Au11L53+ clusters exhibited partial reduction of charge to Au11L52+ at lower coverage and additional reduction of charge to both Au11L52+ and Au11L5+ at higher coverage. The reduction of charge was found to be more pronounced on the surface of the shorter (thinner) C11 than the longer (thicker) C16-COOH-SAM. On the surface of the 1-dodecanethiol (HSAM) monolayer, the most abundant charge state

  10. Sampling Depths, Depth Shifts, and Depth Resolutions for Bi(n)(+) Ion Analysis in Argon Gas Cluster Depth Profiles.

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    Havelund, R; Seah, M P; Gilmore, I S

    2016-03-10

    Gas cluster sputter depth profiling is increasingly used for the spatially resolved chemical analysis and imaging of organic materials. Here, a study is reported of the sampling depth in secondary ion mass spectrometry depth profiling. It is shown that effects of the sampling depth leads to apparent shifts in depth profiles of Irganox 3114 delta layers in Irganox 1010 sputtered, in the dual beam mode, using 5 keV Ar₂₀₀₀⁺ ions and analyzed with Bi(q+), Bi₃(q+) and Bi₅(q+) ions (q = 1 or 2) with energies between 13 and 50 keV. The profiles show sharp delta layers, broadened from their intrinsic 1 nm thickness to full widths at half-maxima (fwhm's) of 8-12 nm. For different secondary ions, the centroids of the measured delta layers are shifted deeper or shallower by up to 3 nm from the position measured for the large, 564.36 Da (C₃₃H₄₆N₃O₅⁻) characteristic ion for Irganox 3114 used to define a reference position. The shifts are linear with the Bi(n)(q+) beam energy and are greatest for Bi₃(q+), slightly less for Bi₅(q+) with its wider or less deep craters, and significantly less for Bi(q+) where the sputtering yield is very low and the primary ion penetrates more deeply. The shifts increase the fwhm’s of the delta layers in a manner consistent with a linearly falling generation and escape depth distribution function (GEDDF) for the emitted secondary ions, relevant for a paraboloid shaped crater. The total depth of this GEDDF is 3.7 times the delta layer shifts. The greatest effect is for the peaks with the greatest shifts, i.e. Bi₃(q+) at the highest energy, and for the smaller fragments. It is recommended that low energies be used for the analysis beam and that carefully selected, large, secondary ion fragments are used for measuring depth distributions, or that the analysis be made in the single beam mode using the sputtering Ar cluster ions also for analysis. PMID:26883085

  11. Poly L-lysine (PLL)-mediated porous hematite clusters as anode materials for improved Li-ion batteries

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    Kim, Kun-Woo; Lee, Sang-Wha

    2015-09-01

    Porous hematite clusters were prepared as anode materials for improved Li-ion batteries. First, poly-L-lysine (PLL)-linked Fe3O4 was facilely prepared via cross-linking between the positive amine groups of PLL and carboxylate-bound Fe3O4. The subsequent calcination transformed the PLL-linked Fe3O4 into porous hematite clusters (Fe2O3@PLL) consisting of spherical α-Fe2O3 particles. Compared with standard Fe2O3, Fe3O4@PLL exhibited improved electrochemical performance as anode materials. The discharge capacity of Fe2O3@PLL was retained at 814.7 mAh g-1 after 30 cycles, which is equivalent to 80.4% of the second discharge capacity, whereas standard Fe2O3 exhibited a retention capacity of 352.3 mAh g-1. The improved electrochemical performance of Fe2O3@PLL was mainly attributed to the porous hematite clusters with mesoporosity (20-40 nm), which was beneficial for facilitating ion transport, suggesting a useful guideline for the design of porous architectures with higher retention capacity. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  12. Cluster-continuum quasichemical theory calculation of the lithium ion solvation in water, acetonitrile and dimethyl sulfoxide: an absolute single-ion solvation free energy scale.

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    Carvalho, Nathalia F; Pliego, Josefredo R

    2015-10-28

    Absolute single-ion solvation free energy is a very useful property for understanding solution phase chemistry. The real solvation free energy of an ion depends on its interaction with the solvent molecules and on the net potential inside the solute cavity. The tetraphenyl arsonium-tetraphenyl borate (TATB) assumption as well as the cluster-continuum quasichemical theory (CC-QCT) approach for Li(+) solvation allows access to a solvation scale excluding the net potential. We have determined this free energy scale investigating the solvation of the lithium ion in water (H2O), acetonitrile (CH3CN) and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) solvents via the CC-QCT approach. Our calculations at the MP2 and MP4 levels with basis sets up to the QZVPP+diff quality, and including solvation of the clusters and solvent molecules by the dielectric continuum SMD method, predict the solvation free energy of Li(+) as -116.1, -120.6 and -123.6 kcal mol(-1) in H2O, CH3CN and DMSO solvents, respectively (1 mol L(-1) standard state). These values are compatible with the solvation free energy of the proton of -253.4, -253.2 and -261.1 kcal mol(-1) in H2O, CH3CN and DMSO solvents, respectively. Deviations from the experimental TATB scale are only 1.3 kcal mol(-1) in H2O and 1.8 kcal mol(-1) in DMSO solvents. However, in the case of CH3CN, the deviation reaches a value of 9.2 kcal mol(-1). The present study suggests that the experimental TATB scale is inconsistent for CH3CN. A total of 125 values of the solvation free energy of ions in these three solvents were obtained. These new data should be useful for the development of theoretical solvation models. PMID:26395146

  13. IR photodissociation spectroscopy of (OCS){sub n}{sup +} and (OCS){sub n}{sup −} cluster ions: Similarity and dissimilarity in the structure of CO{sub 2}, OCS, and CS{sub 2} cluster ions

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    Inokuchi, Yoshiya Ebata, Takayuki

    2015-06-07

    Infrared photodissociation (IRPD) spectra of (OCS){sub n}{sup +} and (OCS){sub n}{sup −} (n = 2–6) cluster ions are measured in the 1000–2300 cm{sup −1} region; these clusters show strong CO stretching vibrations in this region. For (OCS){sub 2}{sup +} and (OCS){sub 2}{sup −}, we utilize the messenger technique by attaching an Ar atom to measure their IR spectra. The IRPD spectrum of (OCS){sub 2}{sup +}Ar shows two bands at 2095 and 2120 cm{sup −1}. On the basis of quantum chemical calculations, these bands are assigned to a C{sub 2} isomer of (OCS){sub 2}{sup +}, in which an intermolecular semi-covalent bond is formed between the sulfur ends of the two OCS components by the charge resonance interaction, and the positive charge is delocalized over the dimer. The (OCS){sub n}{sup +} (n = 3–6) cluster ions show a few bands assignable to “solvent” OCS molecules in the 2000–2080 cm{sup −1} region, in addition to the bands due to the (OCS){sub 2}{sup +} ion core at ∼2090 and ∼2120 cm{sup −1}, suggesting that the dimer ion core is kept in (OCS){sub 3–6}{sup +}. For the (OCS){sub n}{sup −} cluster anions, the IRPD spectra indicate the coexistence of a few isomers with an OCS{sup −} or (OCS){sub 2}{sup −} anion core over the cluster range of n = 2–6. The (OCS){sub 2}{sup −}Ar anion displays two strong bands at 1674 and 1994 cm{sup −1}. These bands can be assigned to a C{sub s} isomer with an OCS{sup −} anion core. For the n = 2–4 anions, this OCS{sup −} anion core form is dominant. In addition to the bands of the OCS{sup −} core isomer, we found another band at ∼1740 cm{sup −1}, which can be assigned to isomers having an (OCS){sub 2}{sup −} ion core; this dimer core has C{sub 2} symmetry and {sup 2}A electronic state. The IRPD spectra of the n = 3–6 anions show two IR bands at ∼1660 and ∼2020 cm{sup −1}. The intensity of the latter component relative to that of the former one becomes stronger and stronger with

  14. Cusp signatures of ion entry and acceleration at the magnetospheric boundary: Large-scale modeling of Cluster observations

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    Berchem, J.; Richard, R.; Escoubet, C. P.; Pitout, F.

    2012-04-01

    Multi-point observations by the Cluster spacecraft have revealed the complexity of ion entry and acceleration at the magnetopause. In particular, successive measurements made by the spacecraft during periods of predominantly southward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) often show the occurrence of large-scale structures in the energy-latitude dispersions of ions in the cusps. To determine the origins of these structures we have carried out large-scale simulations of the entry of ions at the magnetospheric boundary for southward IMF. Our study is based on using the time-dependent electric and magnetic fields predicted by three-dimensional global MHD simulations to compute the trajectories of large samples of solar wind ions launched upstream of the bow shock. Particle information collected in the simulations is then used to reproduce ion dispersions along spacecraft trajectories and determine the origins of the structures. We discuss the results of the study in the context of injection sources and reconnection processes at the dayside magnetopause. In particular, we investigate whether structures form during periods of quasi-steady reconnection.

  15. On the composition of ammonia-sulfuric-acid ion clusters during aerosol particle formation

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    Schobesberger, S.; Franchin, A.; Bianchi, F.; Rondo, L.; Duplissy, J.; Kürten, A.; Ortega, I. K.; Metzger, A.; Schnitzhofer, R.; Almeida, J.; Amorim, A.; Dommen, J.; Dunne, E. M.; Ehn, M.; Gagné, S.; Ickes, L.; Junninen, H.; Hansel, A.; Kerminen, V.-M.; Kirkby, J.; Kupc, A.; Laaksonen, A.; Lehtipalo, K.; Mathot, S.; Onnela, A.; Petäjä, T.; Riccobono, F.; Santos, F. D.; Sipilä, M.; Tomé, A.; Tsagkogeorgas, G.; Viisanen, Y.; Wagner, P. E.; Wimmer, D.; Curtius, J.; Donahue, N. M.; Baltensperger, U.; Kulmala, M.; Worsnop, D. R.

    2015-01-01

    The formation of particles from precursor vapors is an important source of atmospheric aerosol. Research at the Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets (CLOUD) facility at CERN tries to elucidate which vapors are responsible for this new-particle formation, and how in detail it proceeds. Initial measurement campaigns at the CLOUD stainless-steel aerosol chamber focused on investigating particle formation from ammonia (NH3) and sulfuric acid (H2SO4). Experiments were conducted in the presence of water, ozone and sulfur dioxide. Contaminant trace gases were suppressed at the technological limit. For this study, we mapped out the compositions of small NH3-H2SO4 clusters over a wide range of atmospherically relevant environmental conditions. We covered [NH3] in the range from < 2 to 1400 pptv, [H2SO4] from 3.3 × 106 to 1.4 × 109 cm-3 (0.1 to 56 pptv), and a temperature range from -25 to +20 °C. Negatively and positively charged clusters were directly measured by an atmospheric pressure interface time-of-flight (APi-TOF) mass spectrometer, as they initially formed from gas-phase NH3 and H2SO4, and then grew to larger clusters containing more than 50 molecules of NH3 and H2SO4, corresponding to mobility-equivalent diameters greater than 2 nm. Water molecules evaporate from these clusters during sampling and are not observed. We found that the composition of the NH3-H2SO4 clusters is primarily determined by the ratio of gas-phase concentrations [NH3] / [H2SO4], as well as by temperature. Pure binary H2O-H2SO4 clusters (observed as clusters of only H2SO4) only form at [NH3] / [H2SO4] < 0.1 to 1. For larger values of [NH3] / [H2SO4], the composition of NH3-H2SO4 clusters was characterized by the number of NH3 molecules m added for each added H2SO4 molecule n (Δm/Δ n), where n is in the range 4-18 (negatively charged clusters) or 1-17 (positively charged clusters). For negatively charged clusters, Δ m/Δn saturated between 1 and 1.4 for [NH3] / [H2SO4] > 10. Positively

  16. Coulomb frustration of the multiphoton ionization of metallic clusters under intense EUV FEL evidenced by ion spectrometry

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    Mazza, T.; Devetta, M.; Milani, P.; Motomura, K.; Liu, X.-J.; Fukuzawa, H.; Yamada, A.; Okunishi, M.; Nagaya, K.; Iwayama, H.; Sugishima, A.; Mizoguchi, Y.; Saito, N.; Coreno, M.; Fennel, Th; Nagasono, M.; Tono, K.; Togashi, T.; Kimura, H.; Senba, Y.; Ohashi, H.; Yabashi, M.; Ishikawa, T.; Yao, M.; Ueda, K.; Piseri, P.

    2015-12-01

    Free electron laser light sources delivering high intensity pulses of short wavelength radiation are opening novel possibilities for the investigation of matter at the nanoscale and for the discovery and understanding of new physical processes occurring at the exotic transient states they make accessible. Strong ionization of atomic constituents of a nano-sized sample is a representative example of such processes and the understanding of ionization dynamics is crucial for a realistic description of the experiments. We report here on multiple ionization experiments on free clusters of titanium, a high cohesive energy metal. The time of flight ion spectra reveal a saturation of the cluster ionization at ∼1016 photons per pulse per cm2. Our results also show a clear lack of any explosion process, opposite to what is observed for a rare-gas cluster under similar conditions. A simple and generalized multi-step ionization model including Coulomb frustration of the photoemission process effectively reproduces with a good agreement the main features of the experimental observation and points to an interpretation of the data involving a substantial energy deposition into the cluster through electronic system heating upon scattering events within photoemission.

  17. Monodisperse Au11 Clusters Prepared by Soft Landing of Mass Selected Ions

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    Johnson, Grant E.; Wang, Chong M.; Priest, Thomas A.; Laskin, Julia

    2011-11-01

    Preparation of clean monodisperse samples of clusters and nanoparticles for characterization using cutting-edge analytical techniques is essential to understanding their size-dependent properties. Herein, we report a general method for the preparation of high surface coverage samples of monodisperse clusters containing an exact number of atoms. Polydisperse solutions of diphosphine-capped gold clusters were produced by reduction synthesis. Electrospray ionization was used to introduce the clusters into the gas phase where they were filtered by mass-tocharge ratio allowing clusters of a selected size to be deposited onto carbon coated copper grids at well controlled kinetic energies. Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) analysis of the soft landed clusters confirms their monodispersity and high coverage on the substrate. The soft landing approach may be extended to other materials compatible with an array of available ionization techniques and, therefore, has widespread utility as a means for controlled preparation of monodisperse samples of nanoparticles and clusters for analysis by transmission electron microscopy (TEM)

  18. Novel Electrocatalysts Prepared by Soft Landing of Mass-Selected Cluster Ions

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    Johnson, Grant; Moser, Trevor; Browning, Nigel; Engelhard, Mark; Laskin, Julia

    2015-03-01

    Metal clusters, which possess size and composition dependent properties, are promising materials for use as catalysts to promote electrochemical reactions in fuel cells. A physical synthesis technique, magnetron sputtering combined with gas-aggregation, has been employed to produce anionic metal clusters in the gas-phase across a range of sizes, shapes, and compositions for mass-selection and deposition onto glassy carbon electrodes. Sputtering of multiple targets in the same region of gas aggregation is demonstrated to produce uncapped binary and ternary alloy clusters with defined composition and morphology that are not accessible through synthesis in solution. Introduction of reactive gases including alcohols, alkanes, and amines into the sputtering region is shown to result in the formation of complex cluster morphologies containing carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. A suite of cutting-edge characterization techniques is utilized to demonstrate how the size, shape, elemental composition, and surface density of clusters may be tuned through variations in source parameters such as the sputtering power, gas flow rates, and aggregation distance. The catalytic activity of the soft landed clusters towards the oxygen reduction reaction, a critical process occurring in hydrogen fuel cells, is measured using cyclic voltammetry. Alloy clusters containing reduced quantities of precious metals are shown to exhibit promising catalytic activity.

  19. The mathematical principles and design of the NAIS - a spectrometer for the measurement of cluster ion and nanometer aerosol size distributions

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    Mirme, S.; Mirme, A.

    2011-12-01

    The paper describes the Nanometer aerosol and Air Ion Spectrometer (NAIS) - a multi-channel aerosol instrument capable of measuring the distribution of ions (charged particles and cluster ions) of both polarities in the electric mobility range from 3.2 to 0.0013 cm2 V-1 s-1 and the distribution of aerosol particles in the size range from 2.0 to 40 nm. We introduce the principles of design, data processing and spectrum deconvolution of the instrument.

  20. Electron-ion plasma dynamics in the presence of highly charged dust-clusters

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    Djebli, Mourad Benkhelifa, El-Amine

    2015-05-15

    Electron-ion plasma expansion is studied in the presence of positively (negatively) highly charged uniformly distributed dust particles, considered as impurities. For that purpose, a multi-fluid model is used, where the charged impurities characteristics are included in Poisson's equation. We found that ion acceleration is enhanced by the presence of positively charged dust. The latter leads to spiky structures in the ion front which have a higher amplitude as the charge increases. The charged impurities have a significant effect when the combination of their charge and density is greater than a critical value which depends on ion to electron temperature ratio.

  1. A preparation approach of exploring cluster ion implantation: from ultra-thin carbon film to graphene

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    2014-01-01

    Based on the extensive application of 2 × 1.7MV Tandetron accelerator, a low-energy cluster chamber has been built to explore for synthesizing graphene. Raman spectrum and atomic force microscopy (AFM) show that an amorphous carbon film in nanometer was deposited on the silicon by C4 cluster implantation. And we replaced the substrate with Ni/SiO2/Si and measured the thickness of Ni film by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). Combined with suitable anneal conditions, these samples implanted by various small carbon clusters were made to grow graphene. Results from Raman spectrum reveal that few-layer graphene were obtained and discuss whether IG/I2D can contribute to explain the relationship between the number of graphene layers and cluster implantation dosage. PMID:24910570

  2. Graphene synthesis on SiC: Reduced graphitization temperature by C-cluster and Ar-ion implantation

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    Zhang, R.; Li, H.; Zhang, Z. D.; Wang, Z. S.; Zhou, S. Y.; Wang, Z.; Li, T. C.; Liu, J. R.; Fu, D. J.

    2015-08-01

    Thermal decomposition of SiC is a promising method for high quality production of wafer-scale graphene layers, when the high decomposition temperature of SiC is substantially reduced. The high decomposition temperature of SiC around 1400 °C is a technical obstacle. In this work, we report on graphene synthesis on 6H-SiC with reduced graphitization temperature via ion implantation. When energetic Ar, C1 and C6-cluster ions implanted into 6H-SiC substrates, some of the Si-C bonds have been broken due to the electronic and nuclear collisions. Owing to the radiation damage induced bond breaking and the implanted C atoms as an additional C source the graphitization temperature was reduced by up to 200 °C.

  3. Observation of triply charged metal ion clusters by electrospray and laser spray

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    Kojima; Kudaka; Sato; Asakawa; Akiyama; Kawashima; Hiraoka

    1999-01-01

    Studies of the gas phase ion chemistry of triply charged metal ions, M(3+) = Sc(3+), Y(3+), La(3+), Ce(3+), and Yb(3+), were made by electrospray and laser spray. Triply charged ion ligand complexes, M(3+)(ligand)(n) were produced in the gas phase by electrospray and laser spray for the following ligands; glucose; sucrose; raffinose; cyclodextrin; ginsenoside Rb(1); dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and hexamethylphosphoramide (HMPA). The ion evaporation mechanism must be invoked to explain the transfer of more surface active ions (e.g., NH(4)(+)(H(2)O)(n)) in solution to the gas phase, while the transfer of low surface active ions (e.g., La(3+)(sucrose)(n)) may be explained by the charged residue model. In general, the laser spray gives stronger ion signals than electrospray for aqueous and water/methanol solutions. The laser spray is found to be more suitable for the observation of ions with larger solvation energies (e.g., Sc(3+)(DMSO)(n)). These results may be due to the enrichment of the sample concentration by the selective vaporization of the volatile solvent on the tip of the stainless steel capillary and also to the finer droplet formation caused by the laser irradiation. Copyright 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:10523765

  4. The effect of acid–base clustering and ions on the growth of atmospheric nano-particles

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    Lehtipalo, Katrianne; Rondo, Linda; Kontkanen, Jenni; Schobesberger, Siegfried; Jokinen, Tuija; Sarnela, Nina; Kürten, Andreas; Ehrhart, Sebastian; Franchin, Alessandro; Nieminen, Tuomo; Riccobono, Francesco; Sipilä, Mikko; Yli-Juuti, Taina; Duplissy, Jonathan; Adamov, Alexey; Ahlm, Lars; Almeida, João; Amorim, Antonio; Bianchi, Federico; Breitenlechner, Martin; Dommen, Josef; Downard, Andrew J.; Dunne, Eimear M.; Flagan, Richard C.; Guida, Roberto; Hakala, Jani; Hansel, Armin; Jud, Werner; Kangasluoma, Juha; Kerminen, Veli-Matti; Keskinen, Helmi; Kim, Jaeseok; Kirkby, Jasper; Kupc, Agnieszka; Kupiainen-Määttä, Oona; Laaksonen, Ari; Lawler, Michael J.; Leiminger, Markus; Mathot, Serge; Olenius, Tinja; Ortega, Ismael K.; Onnela, Antti; Petäjä, Tuukka; Praplan, Arnaud; Rissanen, Matti P.; Ruuskanen, Taina; Santos, Filipe D.; Schallhart, Simon; Schnitzhofer, Ralf; Simon, Mario; Smith, James N.; Tröstl, Jasmin; Tsagkogeorgas, Georgios; Tomé, António; Vaattovaara, Petri; Vehkamäki, Hanna; Vrtala, Aron E.; Wagner, Paul E.; Williamson, Christina; Wimmer, Daniela; Winkler, Paul M.; Virtanen, Annele; Donahue, Neil M.; Carslaw, Kenneth S.; Baltensperger, Urs; Riipinen, Ilona; Curtius, Joachim; Worsnop, Douglas R.; Kulmala, Markku

    2016-01-01

    The growth of freshly formed aerosol particles can be the bottleneck in their survival to cloud condensation nuclei. It is therefore crucial to understand how particles grow in the atmosphere. Insufficient experimental data has impeded a profound understanding of nano-particle growth under atmospheric conditions. Here we study nano-particle growth in the CLOUD (Cosmics Leaving OUtdoors Droplets) chamber, starting from the formation of molecular clusters. We present measured growth rates at sub-3 nm sizes with different atmospherically relevant concentrations of sulphuric acid, water, ammonia and dimethylamine. We find that atmospheric ions and small acid-base clusters, which are not generally accounted for in the measurement of sulphuric acid vapour, can participate in the growth process, leading to enhanced growth rates. The availability of compounds capable of stabilizing sulphuric acid clusters governs the magnitude of these effects and thus the exact growth mechanism. We bring these observations into a coherent framework and discuss their significance in the atmosphere. PMID:27197574

  5. The effect of acid-base clustering and ions on the growth of atmospheric nano-particles.

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    Lehtipalo, Katrianne; Rondo, Linda; Kontkanen, Jenni; Schobesberger, Siegfried; Jokinen, Tuija; Sarnela, Nina; Kürten, Andreas; Ehrhart, Sebastian; Franchin, Alessandro; Nieminen, Tuomo; Riccobono, Francesco; Sipilä, Mikko; Yli-Juuti, Taina; Duplissy, Jonathan; Adamov, Alexey; Ahlm, Lars; Almeida, João; Amorim, Antonio; Bianchi, Federico; Breitenlechner, Martin; Dommen, Josef; Downard, Andrew J; Dunne, Eimear M; Flagan, Richard C; Guida, Roberto; Hakala, Jani; Hansel, Armin; Jud, Werner; Kangasluoma, Juha; Kerminen, Veli-Matti; Keskinen, Helmi; Kim, Jaeseok; Kirkby, Jasper; Kupc, Agnieszka; Kupiainen-Määttä, Oona; Laaksonen, Ari; Lawler, Michael J; Leiminger, Markus; Mathot, Serge; Olenius, Tinja; Ortega, Ismael K; Onnela, Antti; Petäjä, Tuukka; Praplan, Arnaud; Rissanen, Matti P; Ruuskanen, Taina; Santos, Filipe D; Schallhart, Simon; Schnitzhofer, Ralf; Simon, Mario; Smith, James N; Tröstl, Jasmin; Tsagkogeorgas, Georgios; Tomé, António; Vaattovaara, Petri; Vehkamäki, Hanna; Vrtala, Aron E; Wagner, Paul E; Williamson, Christina; Wimmer, Daniela; Winkler, Paul M; Virtanen, Annele; Donahue, Neil M; Carslaw, Kenneth S; Baltensperger, Urs; Riipinen, Ilona; Curtius, Joachim; Worsnop, Douglas R; Kulmala, Markku

    2016-01-01

    The growth of freshly formed aerosol particles can be the bottleneck in their survival to cloud condensation nuclei. It is therefore crucial to understand how particles grow in the atmosphere. Insufficient experimental data has impeded a profound understanding of nano-particle growth under atmospheric conditions. Here we study nano-particle growth in the CLOUD (Cosmics Leaving OUtdoors Droplets) chamber, starting from the formation of molecular clusters. We present measured growth rates at sub-3 nm sizes with different atmospherically relevant concentrations of sulphuric acid, water, ammonia and dimethylamine. We find that atmospheric ions and small acid-base clusters, which are not generally accounted for in the measurement of sulphuric acid vapour, can participate in the growth process, leading to enhanced growth rates. The availability of compounds capable of stabilizing sulphuric acid clusters governs the magnitude of these effects and thus the exact growth mechanism. We bring these observations into a coherent framework and discuss their significance in the atmosphere. PMID:27197574

  6. The effect of acid–base clustering and ions on the growth of atmospheric nano-particles

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    Lehtipalo, Katrianne; Rondo, Linda; Kontkanen, Jenni; Schobesberger, Siegfried; Jokinen, Tuija; Sarnela, Nina; Kürten, Andreas; Ehrhart, Sebastian; Franchin, Alessandro; Nieminen, Tuomo; et al

    2016-05-20

    The growth of freshly formed aerosol particles can be the bottleneck in their survival to cloud condensation nuclei. It is therefore crucial to understand how particles grow in the atmosphere. Insufficient experimental data has impeded a profound understanding of nano-particle growth under atmospheric conditions. Here we study nano-particle growth in the CLOUD (Cosmics Leaving OUtdoors Droplets) chamber, starting from the formation of molecular clusters. We present measured growth rates at sub-3 nm sizes with different atmospherically relevant concentrations of sulphuric acid, water, ammonia and dimethylamine. We find that atmospheric ions and small acid-base clusters, which are not generally accounted formore » in the measurement of sulphuric acid vapour, can participate in the growth process, leading to enhanced growth rates. The availability of compounds capable of stabilizing sulphuric acid clusters governs the magnitude of these effects and thus the exact growth mechanism. Furthermore, we bring these observations into a coherent framework and discuss their significance in the atmosphere.« less

  7. Spatial-temporal characteristics of ion acceleration sites in the Current Sheet of the Earth's magnetotail. Multipoint Cluster observations.

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    Grigorenko, E. E.; Sauvaud, J. A.; Zelenyi, L. M.

    The processes of non-adiabatic ion acceleration occurring in the vicinity of magnetic X-line produce highly accelerated up to 2500km s field-aligned ion beams beamlets with transient appearance streaming earthward in the PSBL of magnetotail Previous studies of these phenomena based on the data from one-spacecraft missions supported a view on beamlets as of temporal transients since the typical time of beamlet observation at a given spacecraft was 1-2min Now multipoint Cluster observations brought new understanding of these phenomena as having a rather spatial than temporal structure Comparison of data from different Cluster spacecraft allows to evaluate the duration of beamlets to be at least 5-15 min and confirms their well-defined localization along Y Z directions i e across the lobe magnetic field Earlier results reporting shorter duration of beamlet observations could be understood by the invoking of an additional effect revealed by Cluster earthward propagation of kink-like perturbations along the beamlet filaments Phase velocity of these perturbations is of the order of the local Alfven velocity V 600-1000km s and related fast flappings of localized beamlet structures in Y-Z direction significantly decreases the time of their observation at a given spacecraft Such Alfvenic-type disturbances may be caused by classical fire-hose instability which develops at the moment of beamlet ejection from the CS to the lobe region of the distant magnetotail where the lobe magnetic field is not too large and the conditions for a such pressure anisotropy

  8. Cluster ion control by simultaneous irradiations of femtosecond laser and nanosecond laser pulses

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    Kamada, H.; Hiratani, Y.; Toyoda, K.

    2002-09-01

    Generation of multiply charged ions and molecular ions have been investigated using simultaneous irradiation of high intensity and ultrashort pulse of Ti:sapphire laser and fourth harmonics of Q-switched nanosecond pulse of Nd:YAG laser on carbon targets [Morimoto et al., in: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on High-Power Particles Beams (BEAMS2000),Vol. PB-89, Nagaoka, 2000, p. 359; Toyoda et al., in: Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference (GCL-HPL2000), Vol. P1.60, 2000, p. 101]. The ion current waveforms have been analyzed by means of time-of-flight (tof) mass measurement. Simultaneous irradiation of high intensity and ultrashort pulse of Ti:sapphire laser and fourth harmonics of Q-switched nanosecond pulse of Nd:YAG laser on carbon targets was found to generate molecular ions of carbon.

  9. Glutathione Depletion and Carbon Ion Radiation Potentiate Clustered DNA Lesions, Cell Death and Prevent Chromosomal Changes in Cancer Cells Progeny

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    Hanot, Maïté; Boivin, Anthony; Malésys, Céline; Beuve, Michaël; Colliaux, Anthony; Foray, Nicolas; Douki, Thierry; Ardail, Dominique; Rodriguez-Lafrasse, Claire

    2012-01-01

    Poor local control and tumor escape are of major concern in head-and-neck cancers treated by conventional radiotherapy or hadrontherapy. Reduced glutathione (GSH) is suspected of playing an important role in mechanisms leading to radioresistance, and its depletion should enable oxidative stress insult, thereby modifying the nature of DNA lesions and the subsequent chromosomal changes that potentially lead to tumor escape. This study aimed to highlight the impact of a GSH-depletion strategy (dimethylfumarate, and l-buthionine sulfoximine association) combined with carbon ion or X-ray irradiation on types of DNA lesions (sparse or clustered) and the subsequent transmission of chromosomal changes to the progeny in a radioresistant cell line (SQ20B) expressing a high endogenous GSH content. Results are compared with those of a radiosensitive cell line (SCC61) displaying a low endogenous GSH level. DNA damage measurements (γH2AX/comet assay) demonstrated that a transient GSH depletion in resistant SQ20B cells potentiated the effects of irradiation by initially increasing sparse DNA breaks and oxidative lesions after X-ray irradiation, while carbon ion irradiation enhanced the complexity of clustered oxidative damage. Moreover, residual DNA double-strand breaks were measured whatever the radiation qualities. The nature of the initial DNA lesions and amount of residual DNA damage were similar to those observed in sensitive SCC61 cells after both types of irradiation. Misrepaired or unrepaired lesions may lead to chromosomal changes, estimated in cell progeny by the cytome assay. Both types of irradiation induced aberrations in nondepleted resistant SQ20B and sensitive SCC61 cells. The GSH-depletion strategy prevented the transmission of aberrations (complex rearrangements and chromosome break or loss) in radioresistant SQ20B only when associated with carbon ion irradiation. A GSH-depleting strategy combined with hadrontherapy may thus have considerable advantage in the

  10. Dual beam organic depth profiling using large argon cluster ion beams

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    Holzweber, M; Shard, AG; Jungnickel, H; Luch, A; Unger, WES

    2014-01-01

    Argon cluster sputtering of an organic multilayer reference material consisting of two organic components, 4,4′-bis[N-(1-naphthyl-1-)-N-phenyl- amino]-biphenyl (NPB) and aluminium tris-(8-hydroxyquinolate) (Alq3), materials commonly used in organic light-emitting diodes industry, was carried out using time-of-flight SIMS in dual beam mode. The sample used in this study consists of a ∽400-nm-thick NPB matrix with 3-nm marker layers of Alq3 at depth of ∽50, 100, 200 and 300 nm. Argon cluster sputtering provides a constant sputter yield throughout the depth profiles, and the sputter yield volumes and depth resolution are presented for Ar-cluster sizes of 630, 820, 1000, 1250 and 1660 atoms at a kinetic energy of 2.5 keV. The effect of cluster size in this material and over this range is shown to be negligible. © 2014 The Authors. Surface and Interface Analysis published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. PMID:25892830

  11. Structure of aldehyde cluster ions in the gas phase, according to data from ion mobility spectrometry and ab initio calculations

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    Lantsuzskaya (Krisilova), E. V.; Krisilov, A. V.; Levina, A. M.

    2015-09-01

    Ion-mobility spectra of a set of aliphatic linear aldehydes with the number of carbon atoms from 3 to 7 are obtained. Values of the mobility corresponding to two most intense peaks, considered to be those of a monomer and dimer, are determined according the spectra. Based on mobility, collision cross sections are calculated using the Mason-Schamp equation. The linear increase in the collision cross sections upon an increase in molecular weight is determined. According to the experimental results, the contribution to the cross section that has no dependence on molecular weight diminishes with the formation of dimers. It is established using quantum chemical calculations that this is associated with a reduction in the dipole moment upon the formation of dimers.

  12. Frequency sweep rates of rising tone electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves: Comparison between nonlinear theory and Cluster observation

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    He, Zhaoguo; Zong, Qiugang Wang, Yongfu; Liu, Siqing; Lin, Ruilin; Shi, Liqin

    2014-12-15

    Resonant pitch angle scattering by electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves has been suggested to account for the rapid loss of ring current ions and radiation belt electrons. For the rising tone EMIC wave (classified as triggered EMIC emission), its frequency sweep rate strongly affects the efficiency of pitch-angle scattering. Based on the Cluster observations, we analyze three typical cases of rising tone EMIC waves. Two cases locate at the nightside (22.3 and 22.6 magnetic local time (MLT)) equatorial region and one case locates at the duskside (18MLT) higher magnetic latitude (λ = –9.3°) region. For the three cases, the time-dependent wave amplitude, cold electron density, and cold ion density ratio are derived from satellite data; while the ambient magnetic field, thermal proton perpendicular temperature, and the wave spectral can be directly provided by observation. These parameters are input into the nonlinear wave growth model to simulate the time-frequency evolutions of the rising tones. The simulated results show good agreements with the observations of the rising tones, providing further support for the previous finding that the rising tone EMIC wave is excited through the nonlinear wave growth process.

  13. Structural analysis of the outermost hair surface using TOF-SIMS with gas cluster ion beam sputtering.

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    Lshikawa, Kazutaka; Okamoto, Masayuki; Aoyagi, Satoka

    2016-06-01

    A hair cuticle, which consists of flat overlapping scales that surround the hair fiber, protects inner tissues against external stimuli. The outermost surface of the cuticle is covered with a thin membrane containing proteins and lipids called the epicuticle. In a previous study, the authors conducted a depth profile analysis of a hair cuticle's amino acid composition to characterize its multilayer structure. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry with a bismuth primary ion source was used in combination with the C60 sputtering technique for the analysis. It was confirmed that the lipids and cysteine-rich layer exist on the outermost cuticle surface, which is considered to be the epicuticle, though the detailed structure of the epicuticle has not been clarified. In this study, depth profile analysis of the cuticle surface was conducted using the argon gas cluster ion beam (Ar-GCIB) sputtering technique, in order to characterize the structure of the epicuticle. The shallow depth profile of the cuticle surface was investigated using an Ar-GCIB impact energy of 5 keV. Compared to the other amino acid peaks rich in the epicuticle, the decay of 18-methyleicosanic acid (18-MEA) thiolate peak was the fastest. This result suggests that the outermost surface of the hair is rich in 18-MEA. In conclusion, our results indicate that the outermost surfaces of cuticles have a multilayer (lipid and protein layers), which is consistent with the previously proposed structure. PMID:26822506

  14. Experimental studies of the formation of cluster ions formed by corona discharge in an atmosphere containing SO2, NH3, and H2O

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    Pedersen, J. O.; Hvelplund, P.; Støchkel, K.; Enghoff, M. B.; Kurten, T.

    2013-12-01

    We report on studies of ion induced nucleation in a corona discharge taking place in an atmosphere containing SO2, NH3, and H2O at standard temperature and pressure. Positive ions such as H3O+(H2O)n, NH4+(H2O)n, and H+(H2SO4)(H2O)n and negative ions such as HSO5-(H2O)n, SO4-(H2O)n, HSO4-(H2O)n and NO3-(H2O)n have been recorded. Large values of n (> 100) were observed and the experiment indicates the existence of even larger water clusters. In contrast, only clusters with a maximum of 2 sulfuric acid molecules were observed. Fragmentation studies also revealed that the negative ion HSO5-, which has been observed in many studies, in our experiments is contaminated by O2-(HNO3)(H2O) ions, and this may also have been the case in other experiments. Finally an ion with m/z = 232 (where m is the cluster mass in amu and z the charge state), capable of attaching H2O-molecules was observed and studied by fragmentation. Positive ion m/z (mass/charge) spectrum

  15. Ion-ion interactions in β-NaGdF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) nanocrystals--the effect of ion concentration and their clustering.

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    Noculak, A; Podhorodecki, A; Pawlik, G; Banski, M; Misiewicz, J

    2015-08-28

    In this work we report co-thermolysis as a suitable method for nanomaterial synthesis which allows the creation of hexagonal upconverting nanocrystals, NaGdF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+), in a wide range of sizes (20-120 nm). Only a very high Yb(3+) concentration (above 70%) results in pure cubic-phase nanocrystals with irregular shape. Additionally, we showed that the impact of Yb(3+), Er(3+) and Gd(3+) ions on the size and optical properties of nanocrystals is significant. We found that the main changes in optical properties do not depend on the nanocrystal size mostly, but are determined by the ion-ion interactions which include both Er(3+)-Er(3+) and Er(3+)-Yb(3+) cross relaxation. PMID:26219227

  16. Ion-ion interactions in β-NaGdF4:Yb3+,Er3+ nanocrystals - the effect of ion concentration and their clustering

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    Noculak, A.; Podhorodecki, A.; Pawlik, G.; Banski, M.; Misiewicz, J.

    2015-08-01

    In this work we report co-thermolysis as a suitable method for nanomaterial synthesis which allows the creation of hexagonal upconverting nanocrystals, NaGdF4:Yb3+,Er3+, in a wide range of sizes (20-120 nm). Only a very high Yb3+ concentration (above 70%) results in pure cubic-phase nanocrystals with irregular shape. Additionally, we showed that the impact of Yb3+, Er3+ and Gd3+ ions on the size and optical properties of nanocrystals is significant. We found that the main changes in optical properties do not depend on the nanocrystal size mostly, but are determined by the ion-ion interactions which include both Er3+-Er3+ and Er3+-Yb3+ cross relaxation.In this work we report co-thermolysis as a suitable method for nanomaterial synthesis which allows the creation of hexagonal upconverting nanocrystals, NaGdF4:Yb3+,Er3+, in a wide range of sizes (20-120 nm). Only a very high Yb3+ concentration (above 70%) results in pure cubic-phase nanocrystals with irregular shape. Additionally, we showed that the impact of Yb3+, Er3+ and Gd3+ ions on the size and optical properties of nanocrystals is significant. We found that the main changes in optical properties do not depend on the nanocrystal size mostly, but are determined by the ion-ion interactions which include both Er3+-Er3+ and Er3+-Yb3+ cross relaxation. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03385c

  17. Study of cluster anions generated by laser ablation of titanium oxides: a high resolution approach based on Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.

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    Barthen, Nicolas; Millon, Eric; Aubriet, Frédéric

    2011-03-01

    Laser ablation of titanium oxides at 355 nm and ion-molecule reactions between [(TiO(2))(x)](-•) cluster anions and H(2)O or O(2) were investigated by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR MS) with an external ion source. The detected anions correspond to [(TiO(2))(x)(H(2)O)(y)OH](-) and [(TiO(2))(x)(H(2)O)(y)O(2)](-•) oxy-hydroxide species with x=1 to 25 and y=1, 2, or 3 and were formed by a two step process: (1) laser ablation, which leads to the formation of [(TiO(2))(x)](-•) cluster anions as was previously reported, and (2) ion-molecule reactions during ion storage. Reactions of some [(TiO(2))(x)](-•) cluster anions with water and dioxygen conducted in the FTICR cell confirm this assessment. Tandem mass spectrometry experiments were also performed in sustained off-resonance irradiation collision-induced dissociation (SORI-CID) mode. Three fragmentation pathways were observed: (1) elimination of water molecules, (2) O(2) loss for radical anions, and (3) fission of the cluster. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed to explain the experimental data. PMID:21472569

  18. Cluster-assisted generation of multi-charged ions in nanosecond laser ionization of pulsed hydrogen sulfide beam at 1064 and 532 nm

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    Niu, Dong-Mei; Li, Hai-Yang; Luo, Xiao-Lin; Liang, Feng; Cheng, Shuang; Li, An-Lin

    2006-07-01

    The multi-charged sulfur ions of Sq+ (q<= 6) have been generated when hydrogen sulfide cluster beams are irradiated by a nanosecond laser of 1064 and 532 nm with an intensity of 1010~ 1012W.cm-2. S6+ is the dominant multi-charged species at 1064 nm, while S4+, S3+ and S2+ ions are the main multi-charged species at 532 nm. A three-step model (i.e., multiphoton ionization triggering, inverse bremsstrahlung heating, electron collision ionizing) is proposed to explain the generation of these multi-charged ions at the laser intensity stated above. The high ionization level of the clusters and the increasing charge state of the ion products with increasing laser wavelength are supposed mainly due to the rate-limiting step, i.e., electron heating by absorption energy from the laser field via inverse bremsstrahlung, which is proportional to λ2, λ being the laser wavelength.

  19. Fission and cluster decay of the {sup 76}Sr nucleus in the ground state and formed in heavy-ion reactions

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    Gupta, Raj K.; Sharma, Manoj K.; Singh, Sarbjit; Nouicer, Rachid; Beck, Christian

    1997-12-01

    Calculations for fission and cluster decay of {sup 76}Sr are presented for this nucleus to be in its ground state or formed as an excited compound system in heavy-ion reactions. The predicted mass distribution, for the dynamical collective mass transfer process assumed for fission of {sup 76}Sr, is clearly asymmetric, favoring {alpha} nuclei. Cluster decay is studied within a preformed cluster model, both for ground-state to ground-state decays and from excited compound system to the ground state(s) or excited states(s) of the fragments. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  20. Change in magnetic and structural properties of FeRh thin films by gold cluster ion beam irradiation with the energy of 1.67 MeV/atom

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    Koide, T.; Saitoh, Y.; Sakamaki, M.; Amemiya, K.; Iwase, A.; Matsui, T.

    2014-05-01

    The effect of energetic cluster ion beam irradiation on magnetic and structural properties of FeRh thin films have been investigated. The cluster ions used in the present studies consist of a few gold atoms with the energy of 1.67 MeV/gold atom. Saturation magnetization of the sample irradiated with Au3 cluster ion beam (280 emu/cc) is larger than that for the irradiated sample with Au1 ion beam (240 emu/cc) for the same irradiation ion fluence. These results can also be confirmed by the X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurement; the XMCD signal for Au3 cluster ion irradiation is larger than that for Au1 ion irradiation. Since the ion beam irradiation induced magnetization of FeRh is significantly correlated with the amount of the lattice defects in the samples, cluster ion beam irradiation can be considered to effectively introduce the lattice defects in B2-type FeRh rather than the single ion beam. Consequently, cluster ion irradiation is better than single ion irradiation for the viewpoint of saturation magnetization, even if the same irradiation energy is deposited in the samples.

  1. Sputtering Yields for Mixtures of Organic Materials Using Argon Gas Cluster Ions.

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    Seah, M P; Havelund, R; Shard, A G; Gilmore, I S

    2015-10-22

    The sputtering yield volumes of binary mixtures of Irganox 1010 with either Irganox 1098 or Fmoc-pentafluoro-L-phenylalanine (FMOC) have been measured for 5 keV Ar2000(+) ions incident at 45° to the surface normal. The sputtering yields are determined from the doses to sputter through various compositions of 100 nm thick, intimately mixed, layers. Because of matrix effects, the profiles for secondary ions are distorted, and profile shifts in depth of 15 nm are observed leading to errors above 20% in the deduced sputtering yield. Secondary ions are selected to avoid this. The sputtering yield volumes for the mixtures are shown to be lower than those deduced from a linear interpolation from the pure materials. This is shown to be consistent with a simple model involving the changing energy absorbed for the sputtering of intimate mixtures. Evidence to support this comes from the secondary ion data for pairs of the different molecules. Both binary mixtures behave similarly, but matrix effects are stronger for the Irganox 1010/FMOC system. PMID:26421437

  2. Characterization of drug-eluting stent (DES) materials with cluster secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS)

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    Mahoney, Christine M.; Patwardhan, Dinesh V.; Ken McDermott, M.

    2006-07-01

    Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) employing an SF 5+ polyatomic primary ion source was utilized to analyze several materials commonly used in drug-eluting stents (DES). Poly(ethylene- co-vinyl acetate) (PEVA), poly(lactic- co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and various poly(urethanes) were successfully depth profiled using SF 5+ bombardment. The resultant molecular depth profiles obtained from these polymeric films showed very little degradation in molecular signal as a function of increasing SF 5+ primary ion dose when experiments were performed at low temperatures (signal was maintained for doses up to ˜5 × 10 15 ions/cm 2). Temperature was determined to be an important parameter in both the success of the depth profiles and the mass spectral analysis of the polymers. In addition to the pristine polymer films, paclitaxel (drug released in Taxus™ stent) containing PLGA films were also characterized, where it was confirmed that both drug and polymer signals could be monitored as a function of depth at lower paclitaxel concentrations (10 wt%).

  3. On the dynamics of the reaction of positive hydrogen cluster ions (H5+ to H23+) with para and normal hydrogen at 10 K

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    Paul, W.; Lücke, B.; Schlemmer, S.; Gerlich, D.

    1995-11-01

    The dynamics of clustering and fragmentation reactions Hi+ + 2H2 [right harpoon over left] Hi+2+ + H2, for odd i, was studied at a nominal temperature of 10 K in a 22-pole radio-frequency ion trap in normal hydrogen and para-enriched hydrogen. Ternary association rate coefficients, k3, and binary fragmentation rate coefficients, kf, were extracted from the measured temporal evolution of the hydrogen cluster ion intensity, I(Hi+), for i = 3,...,23. Pure para hydrogen enhances the rate coefficients for association and fragmentation. For i > 9 this general trend is explained by a difference in the capture cross-sections, kc, for the two hydrogen nuclear spin modifications. Significant differences in k3 which remain for small clusters (i < 9) are due to the availability of the J = 1 rotational energy of the ortho modification when merging into the cluster. This surprising result is discussed in the framework of simple dynamical and energetic considerations. Possible structures of the cluster can be classified and estimates for the bond energy of the outermost H2 in the cluster as a function of cluster size are derived.

  4. The University of Bern Ion Model: Modeling the Mixed H+(H2O)m(CH_3CN)_n Clusters in the Stratosphere

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    Kopp, E.; Kazil, J.; Arijs, E.; Livesey, N.

    2001-12-01

    Methyl cyanide (CH3CN) replaces water molecules in proton hydrates H+(H2O)n at high rates in the stratosphere. Our global 2D ion model uses the latest stratospheric UARS MLS CH3CN data together with neutral input from the NCAR SOCRATES model and computes mixed ion cluster H+(H2O)n(CH_3CN) densities. The results are compared with in situ measurements from different sources.

  5. Role of isolated and clustered DNA damage and the post-irradiating repair process in the effects of heavy ion beam irradiation.

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    Tokuyama, Yuka; Furusawa, Yoshiya; Ide, Hiroshi; Yasui, Akira; Terato, Hiroaki

    2015-05-01

    Clustered DNA damage is a specific type of DNA damage induced by ionizing radiation. Any type of ionizing radiation traverses the target DNA molecule as a beam, inducing damage along its track. Our previous study showed that clustered DNA damage yields decreased with increased linear energy transfer (LET), leading us to investigate the importance of clustered DNA damage in the biological effects of heavy ion beam radiation. In this study, we analyzed the yield of clustered base damage (comprising multiple base lesions) in cultured cells irradiated with various heavy ion beams, and investigated isolated base damage and the repair process in post-irradiation cultured cells. Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells were irradiated by carbon, silicon, argon and iron ion beams with LETs of 13, 55, 90 and 200 keV µm(-1), respectively. Agarose gel electrophoresis of the cells with enzymatic treatments indicated that clustered base damage yields decreased as the LET increased. The aldehyde reactive probe procedure showed that isolated base damage yields in the irradiated cells followed the same pattern. To analyze the cellular base damage process, clustered DNA damage repair was investigated using DNA repair mutant cells. DNA double-strand breaks accumulated in CHO mutant cells lacking Xrcc1 after irradiation, and the cell viability decreased. On the other hand, mouse embryonic fibroblast (Mef) cells lacking both Nth1 and Ogg1 became more resistant than the wild type Mef. Thus, clustered base damage seems to be involved in the expression of heavy ion beam biological effects via the repair process. PMID:25717060

  6. The Role of Large Amplitude Upstream Low-frequency Waves in the Generation of Superthermal Ions at a Quasi-parallel Collisionless Shock: Cluster Observations

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    Wu, Mingyu; Hao, Yufei; Lu, Quanming; Huang, Can; Guo, Fan; Wang, Shui

    2015-07-01

    The superthermal ions at a quasi-parallel collisionless shock are considered to be generated during the reformation of the shock. Recently, hybrid simulations of a quasi-parallel shock have shown that during the reformation of a quasi-parallel shock the large-amplitude upstream low-frequency waves can trap the reflected ions at the shock front when they try to move upstream, and then these reflected ions can be accelerated several times to become superthermal ions. In this paper, with the Cluster observations of a quasi-parallel shock event, the relevance between the large-amplitude upstream low-frequency waves and the superthermal ions (about several keV) have been studied. The observations clearly show that the differential energy flux of superthermal ions in the upstream region is modulated by the upstream low-frequency waves, and the maxima of the differential energy flux are usually located between the peaks of these waves (including the shock front and the peak of the upstream wave just in front of the shock front). These superthermal ions are considered to originate from the reflected ions at the shock front, and the modulation is caused due to the trapping of the reflected ions between the upstream waves or the upstream waves and the shock front when these reflected ions try to travel upstream. It verifies the results from hybrid simulations, where the upstream waves play an important role in the generation of superthermal ions in a quasi-parallel shock.

  7. Gas cluster ion beam surface treatments for reducing field emission and breakdown of electrodes and SRF cavities.

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    Swenson, D. R.; Wu, A. T.; Degenkolb, E.; Insepov, Z.; Mathematics and Computer Science; Epion Corp.; Jefferson National Lab.

    2007-01-01

    Sub-micron-scale surface roughness and contamination cause field emission that can lead to high-voltage breakdown of electrodes, and these are limiting factors in the development of high gradient RF technology. We are studying various Gas Cluster Ion Beam (GCIB) treatments to smooth, clean, etch and/or chemically alter electrode surfaces to allow higher fields and accelerating gradients, and to reduce the time and cost of conditioning high-voltage electrodes. For this paper, we have processed Nb, stainless steel and Ti electrode materials using beams of Ar, O{sub 2}, or NF{sub 3} + O{sub 2} clusters with accelerating potentials up to 35 kV. Using a scanning field emission microscope (SFEM), we have repeatedly seen a dramatic reduction in the number of field emission sites on Nb coupons treated with GCIB. Smoothing effects on stainless steel and Ti substrates, evaluated using SEM and AFM imaging, show that 200-nm-wide polishing scratch marks are greatly attenuated. A 150-mm diameter GCIB-treated stainless steel electrode has shown virtually no DC field emission current at gradients over 20 MV/m.

  8. Development of gas cluster ion beam surface treatments for reducing field emission and breakdown in RF cavities

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    Swenson, D R; Degenkolb, E; Wu, A T; Insepov, Z

    2006-11-01

    Sub-micron-scale surface roughness and contamination cause field emission that can lead to high voltage breakdown of electrodes, and these are limiting factors in the development of high gradient RF technology. We are studying various Gas Cluster Ion Beam (GCIB) treatments to smooth, clean, etch and/or chemically alter electrode surfaces to allow higher fields and accelerating gradients, and to reduce the time and cost of conditioning high voltage electrodes. For this paper, we have processed Nb, Stainless Steel, and Ti electrode materials using beams of Ar, O2, or NF3 +O2 clusters with accelerating potentials up to 35 kV. Using a Scanning Field Emission Microscope (SFEM), we have repeatedly seen a dramatic reduction in the number of field emission sites on Nb coupons treated with GCIB. Smoothing effects on Stainless steel and Ti substrates have been evaluated using AFM imaging and show that 200-nm wide polishing scratch marks are greatly attenuated. A 150-mm diameter GCIB treated stainless steel electrode has now shown virtually no DC field emission current at gradients over 20 MV/m.

  9. Iterative mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography to study ion-trapping and rearrangements by a flexible cluster.

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    Zhang, Kun; Kurmoo, Mohamedally; Wei, Lian-Qiang; Zeng, Ming-Hua

    2013-01-01

    An important aspect of chemical reactions involves understanding the intermediate steps from reactants to products. The iterative use of mass spectrometry and X-Ray crystallography is demonstrated to be a powerful combination in this respect. We have applied them in identifying molecular clusters in solution followed by their solid-state structural characterizations. We used a key ligand, 2-[(2-hydroxy-3-methoxy-benzylidene)-amino]-ethanesulfonate (L), which serves as chelating/bridging units to stabilize the precursor [Li₄Ni₆(OH)₂(L)₆(CH₃CN)₆](ClO₄)₂·4CH₃CN. The results of subsequent reactions witness a cascade of processes involving fragmentation, inner bridging ligand substitution (OH⁻ to OCH₃⁻), changing modes of binding (chelate to monodentate) of the key ligand, ion-trapping and exchange (Li⁺, Na⁺ and Ca²⁺) and their site preferences, coordinating and non-coordinating solvents (CH₃CN to CH₃OH, H₂O and EtOH) replacement. The flexibility of the Ni₃OL₃ species in solution permits the formation of six derivatives. The complimentary techniques open a broader prospect for cluster design and applications. PMID:24343303

  10. Development of Gas Cluster Ion Beam Surface Treatments for Reducing Field Emission and Breakdown in RF cavities

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    Swenson, D. R.; Degenkolb, E.; Wu, A. T.; Insepov, Z.

    2006-11-27

    Sub-micron-scale surface roughness and contamination cause field emission that can lead to high voltage breakdown of electrodes, and these are limiting factors in the development of high gradient RF technology. We are studying various Gas Cluster Ion Beam (GCIB) treatments to smooth, clean, etch and/or chemically alter electrode surfaces to allow higher fields and accelerating gradients, and to reduce the time and cost of conditioning high voltage electrodes. For this paper, we have processed Nb, Stainless Steel, and Ti electrode materials using beams of Ar, O2, or NF3 +O2 clusters with accelerating potentials up to 35 kV. Using a Scanning Field Emission Microscope (SFEM), we have repeatedly seen a dramatic reduction in the number of field emission sites on Nb coupons treated with GCIB. Smoothing effects on Stainless steel and Ti substrates have been evaluated using AFM imaging and show that 200-nm wide polishing scratch marks are greatly attenuated. A 150-mm diameter GCIB treated stainless steel electrode has now shown virtually no DC field emission current at gradients over 20 MV/m.