Recoiled ions from polyatomic cluster impacts on organic and inorganic targets

C. W. Diehnelt, M. J. Van Stipdonk, E. A. Schweikert

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We report the observation of a polyatomic cluster constituent, fluorine in this case, recoiling from the projectile upon impact with a surface. The clusters (NaF)nNa+ (n = 1, 2, and 4), PF-6, BF-4, and SiF-5, with incident kinetic energies of 12-28 keV, were impacted on Au, SiO2, and α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid targets. The Au surface gave the highest F- yield when compared to the "light" SiO2 surface, for the same incident cluster. This supports previous MD predications of polyatomic cluster constituents "splashing" upon impact with a surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)606-611
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Clusters
  • Ion-solid collisions
  • Recoiled ions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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