One of our lines of research focuses on the properties of metallic clusters, Mn, where M is a metal atom and n ranges from 2 up to ~104. Some ongoing and recent projects:
|See USC News story: "These superconductors are just getting warmed up"
Cluster beam apparatus
A beam of cluster particles is generated and flies through a series of vacuum chambers. While in flight, the clusters are subjected to various probes. Finally they pass through a mass spectrometer, which can be set to focus on a particular particle mass or to scan through a range of masses.