Non-destructive selection of geometrical isomers of the Al(C6H6) cluster by a 2 m electrostatic hexapole field

K. Imura, T. Kawashima, H. Ohoyama, T. Kasai, A. Nakajima, K. Kaya

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A supersonic cluster beam containing isomers of Al(C6H6) complexes was generated by laser evaporation, and non-destructively selected using a 2 m long electrostatic hexapole. The focusing curve shows clear evidence that there are two kinds of Al(C6H6) isomers which are slightly different from each other in geometry; one is an asymmetric 1,2-complex and the other nearly C6v symmetric 1,4-complex. The electric dipole moments of the two isomers are found to be 1.5 ± 0.1 and 1.4 ± 0.1 D, respectively. We carried out computation using density functional theory in order to estimate their structures. We found that the 1,2-complex is more stable than the 1,4-complex. The present work confirms that the electrostatic hexapole technique is useful for non-destructive selection of geometrical isomers in a beam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3593-3597
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Oct 2
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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