Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract Au55 cluster compounds are investigated by optical spectroscopy and TEM. The optical spectra appear to be rather structureless, neither showing a collective excitation resonance nor exhibiting distinct absorption bands known from lower nuclearity clusters. We discuss changes of the electronic properties compared to larger Au clusters affecting both, 6sp electrons and5d-6sp interband transitions, the cluster-ligand-interaction being considered as a charge transfer process. We additionally report on a low temperature instability of the cluster compound, which results in changed optical extinction spectra. A characteristic absorption feature at λ=400 nm is attributed to small, ligand-free Au cluster fragments.
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