Atomic clusters are aggregates of atoms containing a few to several
thousand atoms. Due to the small size of these pieces of matter,
the properties of atomic clusters in general are different from
those of the corresponding material in the macroscopic bulk phase.
This monograph presents the main developments of atomic clusters
and the current status of the field. The book treats different
types of clusters with very different properties: clusters in which
the atoms or molecules are tied by weak van der Waals interactions,
metallic clusters, clusters of ionic materials, and network
clusters made of typical covalent elements. It includes methods of
experimental cluster synthesis as well as the structural,
electronic, thermodynamic and magnetic properties of clusters,
covering both experiments and the theoretical work that has led to
our present understanding of the different properties of clusters.
The question of assembling nanoclusters to form solids with new
properties is also considered. Having an adequate knowledge of the
properties of clusters can be of great help to any scientist
working with objects of nanometric size. On the other hand,
nanoclusters are themselves potentially important in fields like
catalysis and nanomedicine.
|Country of origin:
Julio A Alonso
||Electronic book text
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