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Interatomic Coulombic Decay in nanodroplets : towards a novel spectroscopy – ICDSpec

Submission summary

Rare-gas nanodroplets (1000-20000 atoms) provide an unique environment for trapping and cooling molecular species and thus open new possibilities for the study of physical and chemical phenomena and of exotic chemical species. Furthermore, nanodroplets can be employed to grow atomic and molecular clusters. Characterization of these nanoreactors (i.e. size distribution, number and location of the dopants) is an important aspect for a better understanding and control of the embedded species. The aim of the project is to propose an original and powerful spectroscopic tool for characterizing the structure of rare-gas nanodroplets by means of the Interatomic Coulombic Decay (ICD) process. ICD is an efficient non-radiative electronic desexcitation process which can be used to selectively create two charges at neighboring sites in the droplets and thus to trigger the droplets fragmentation in a well controlled and characterized way. The initial structure of the droplets will be inferred from the mass-spectrum and the kinetic-energy distribution of the ionic fragments after ICD. These distributions can be measured with standard experimental apparatus which should make such ICD spectroscopy readily and easily available to many experimental groups. Furthermore, the project will considerably improve the current understanding and control of nanodroplets formation. In this respect, the outcomes of the project will interest and bring benefit to a large number of national and international groups studying and/or using nanodroplets. To evaluate the analytical power of ICD, theoretical methodologies and numerical tools for modeling, beyond the current state-of-the-art, the ICD driven fragmentations of droplets will be developed. These tools will be used to investigate helium and neon nanodroplets. The project will pave the way to a better diagnosis of nanodroplets and bring a new and efficient spectroscopy to chemists and physicists interested in nanodroplets science.

Project coordination

Nicolas Sisourat (Laboratoire Chimie Physique Matière et Rayonnement)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


LCPMR UPMC/CNRS PARIS B Laboratoire Chimie Physique Matière et Rayonnement

Help of the ANR 149,040 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: September 2016 - 24 Months

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