Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract Monte-Carlo calculations have been performed for positively charged argon clusters in the temperature range between 10 K and 40 K using two different models (one with a dimer ion core, the other one with a trimer ion). The argon-argon interaction potential stems from empirical data, the ion-neutral atoms potential is determined by ab initio MRD-CI calculations. Special stability is found for clusters sizesn=13, 19, 23 and 25/26 atoms using the ‘trimeric core model’ and for those withn=14,n=17,n=20 using the ‘dimeric core model’. The geometrical structure of the clusters is given and the construction principles are discussed in light of the interactions among neutral argon atoms and the ion-neutral atoms interaction.
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