Interatomic Electronic Decay Processes in Clusters
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Vitali Averbukh, Lorenz S. Cederbaum, Philipp V. Demekhin, Simona Scheit, Premysl Colorenc, Ying-Chin Chiang, Kirill Gokhberg, Soren Kopelk, Nikolai V. Kryzhevoi, Alexander I. Kuleff, Nicolas Sisourat and Spas D. Stoychev
Since their theoretical prediction in 1997, Interatomic (intermolecular) Coulombic Decay
(ICD) and related processes have been in the focus of intensive theoretical and experimental research.
The spectacular progress in this direction has been stimulated both by the fundamental importance of
the discovered electronic decay phenomena and by the exciting possibility of their practical application,
for example in spectroscopy of interfaces. Interatomic decay phenomena take place in inner-shellionized
and inner-shell-excited clusters due to electronic correlation between two or more cluster
constituents. These processes lead to relaxation by electron emission and often also to disintegration of
the resulting positively charged cluster. Here we review the recent progress in the study of interatomic
decay phenomena in excited, singly and multiply charged clusters.
Department of Physics, Imperial College London, Prince Consort Road London SW7 2AZ United Kingdom.