The delocalization of SF6 in helium clusters Academic Article uri icon


  • Variational calculations of the ground state structure and the excitation spectrum of 4He clusters doped with an SF6 molecule show that, for clusters size larger than approximately 100 atoms, a spherically symmetric configuration with the impurity molecule at the center of the cluster is unstable. The instability is indicated by the 'softening' of the droplet's collective dipole excitation. This instability strongly suggests that the SF6 molecule is delocalized inside larger helium droplets and may be found near a non-isotropic environment such as the surface. © 1994.

author list (cited authors)

  • Krotscheck, E., & Chin, S. A

complete list of authors

  • Krotscheck, E||Chin, SA

publication date

  • January 1, 1994 11:11 AM