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Anionic hydrogen cluster ions as a new form of condensed hydrogen

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posted on 2016-11-17, 11:07 authored by M. Renzler, M. Kuhn, A. Mauracher, A. Lindinger, P. Scheier, Andrew M. Ellis
We report the first experimental observation of negatively charged hydrogen and deuterium cluster ions, Hn- and Dn-, where n >= 5. These anions were formed by electron addition to liquid helium nanodroplets doped with molecular hydrogen or deuterium. The ions were stable for at least the lifetime of the experiment, which is several tens of microseconds. Only anions with odd values of n were detected and some specific ions showed anomalously high abundances. The sizes of these ‘magic number’ ions suggest an icosahedral framework of H2 (D2) molecules in solvent shells around a central H-(D-) ion. The first three shells, which contain a total of 44 H2 or D2 molecules, appear to be solid-like but thereafter a more liquidlike arrangement of the H2 (D2) molecules is adopted.

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This work was given financial support by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Wien (P26635 and I978).

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Physical Review Letters, 2016, 117, 273001

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Physical Review Letters

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American Physical Society

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0031-9007

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1079-7114

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2016-11-17

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2016

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2017-03-14

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https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.273001

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