Localization of an excess electron in sodium halide clusters

Eric C. Honea, Margie L. Homer, Pierre Labastie, Robert L. Whetten

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Measurements of abundances and electronic properties of neutral sodium halide clusters, NanXn-1 (n<100), demonstrate a remarkable range of excess-electron-dominated behavior. Clusters which can form a cubic lattice containing a single anion vacancy have the electron localized in the vacancy, stabilizing the cluster against fragmentation. For the singular values of n which correspond to a filled cubic lattice, the electron is very weakly bound. A simple quantitative model of electron localization is proposed to account for the observed patterns of abundances and electron binding energies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-397
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 24 1989
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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