The Clusters, as entities consisting from a few to several thousands of atoms, constitute the bridge between solid and gas phase. Their physical and chemical properties depend on their structure and size and therefore the clusters can be considered as a new class of matter. The ability to produce free clusters of various compositions and sizes gives an excellent possibility for basic studies on the matter and also simultaneously opens the way towards the creation of new materials based on clusters, with interesting technological applications.
The Cluster Physics & Chemistry Laboratory activities target to understand the formation mechanisms, the stability and the structure of clusters and free biomolecules.
In a molecular beam apparatus “ARIADNE” and employing lasers, advanced mass spectrometric and crossed molecular beam scattering in combination with imaging techniques we study:
- Formation, stability & structure of gas-phase clusters and biomolecules
- Physical & chemical properties of clusters (electronic structure, optical activity, energy transfer, reactivity)
- Nanostructured materials produced from clusters and/or in conjugation with biomolecules
The activities of the Cluster Physics & Chemistry Laboratory belong to the areas of Molecular Physics, Optical Physics, Physical Chemistry and Materials Science. (see also in WEB-page