- Conference date: 14–18 July 2009
- Location: Ann Arbor (Michigan)
Water clusters embedding a nitric acid molecule are investigated via electrostatic deflection of a molecular beam. We observe large paraelectric susceptibilities that greatly exceed the electronic polarizability, revealing the contribution of permanent dipole moments. The moments derived from the data are also significantly higher than those of pure water clusters. An enhancement in the susceptibility for 6 and a rise in cluster abundances setting in at suggest that dissociation of the solvated acid molecule into ions takes place in this size range.
- Atomic and molecular beams
- Electric dipole moments
- Molecular dissociation
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