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The formation of N2O nanoparticles in a collisional cooling cell between 4 and 110 K

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Abstract

N2O (CO2) particles covering a vast size range from some nanometres up to some hundred nanometres were formed by injecting gaseous N2O (CO2) into a collisional cooling cell at temperatures between 4 and 110 K. FTIR spectroscopy was used to study the vibrational dynamics of the nanoparticles between about 600 and 4000 cm−1. For the spectra of the bigger particles formed at temperatures around 78 K, we have studied the influence of the experimental conditions on the fine structure of the strong absorption bands and its temporal behavior. From an estimate of the particle sizes, we conclude that the observed changes in the fine structure are not simple size effects; they are likely to be due to a change in the particle shape or in the molecular order. From a comparison with infrared spectra of clusters generated in a supersonic jet expansion, we estimate the size of the particles produced at temperatures below 10 K to lie around one nanometre.

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The article was received on 08 May 2001, accepted on 27 Jun 2001 and first published on 03 Aug 2001


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B104048K
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2001,3, 3742-3749

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    The formation of N2O nanoparticles in a collisional cooling cell between 4 and 110 K

    M. K. Kunzmann, R. Signorell, M. Taraschewski and S. Bauerecker, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2001, 3, 3742
    DOI: 10.1039/B104048K

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