Fragmentation and Coulomb explosion of multicharged small boron clusters
Taş, Murat and Akman, Nurten and Özdoğan, Cem and Boustani, İhsan (2012) Fragmentation and Coulomb explosion of multicharged small boron clusters. Physical Review B, 85 (23). ISSN 1098-0121
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.85.235445
We extensively study the fragmentation and Coulomb explosion of multiply charged small boron clusters B-n (n = 2-13), where n is the cluster size. Our calculations are based on ab initio quantum-chemistry methods. Highly charged unstable clusters dissociate spontaneously into several neutral or charged fragments, and large amounts of energy are produced, depending on the charge of the parent cluster. We argue that this mechanism makes boron clusters a clean, safe, and cheap energetic material.
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