Size-dependent features of the electron localization in negatively charged formamide clusters (FAn-, n = 5-21) have been studied by photodetachment spectroscopy. In the photoelectron spectra for all the sizes studied, two types of bands due to different isomers of anions were found. The low binding energy band peaking around 1 eV is assigned to the solvated electron state by relative photodetachment cross-section measurements in the near-infrared region. It is suggested that nascent electron trapping is dominated by formation of the solvated electron. The higher energy band originates from the covalent anion state generated after a significant relaxation process, which exhibits a rapid increase of electron binding energy as a function of the cluster size. A unique behavior showing a remarkable band intensity of the higher energy band was found only for n = 9.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry