Laser-induced polymerization of SiI4

Masae Takahashi, Hideki Kikuchi, Yoshiyuki Kawazoe, Andriy Dmytruk, Atsuo Kasuya, Akira Watanabe

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The laser-induced polymerization of powdered SiI4 has been investigated by time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectroscopy combined with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. In the positive ion spectra, three series of abundant clusters (Sin I2 n + 1+ (n = 1-6), Sin I4 n / 3 + 3+ (n = 7-15), Sin I3 n / 2 - 7+ (n = 16-22)) were observed. DFT calculations have revealed that the abundant clusters are straight chains with iodine bridge in n = 1-6, multi-cyclic rings of pentagons in n = 7-15, and cages constructed by pentagons and hexagons in n = 16-22. A silicon-rich six-membered ring, i.e., an unsaturated ring like benzene, was detected in less abundant clusters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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