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Henning Zettergren

Henning Zettergren

Professor

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Works at Department of Physics
Telephone 08-553 786 34
Email henning@fysik.su.se
Visiting address Roslagstullsbacken 21 C, plan 4, Albano
Room C4:3017
Postal address AlbaNova universitetscentrum, Fysikum 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am the Deputy Director of the DESIREE infrastructure

My research interests include:

  • Charge transfer, energy flow, and bond formation processes in interactions involving atoms, molecules, and clusters.
  • Stabilities and reactivities of multiply charged molecules and weakly bound negatively charged molecules.
  • Radiation damage of biomolecules in vacuum and in nanosolvents.

Publications

A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2018. R. Delaunay (et al.). Carbon 129, 766-774

    We show that the energetic processing of C-60 clusters by slow atomic projectiles leads to ultrafast (< ps) formation of large covalent carbon nanoparticles containing a few hundreds of atoms. The underlying mechanism is found to be due to impulse-driven collisions between the projectile and the nuclei of the molecules. Experimental findings are well reproduced by classical molecular dynamics simulations. The cross sections for molecular growth processes forming covalent systems which contain more than 60 carbon atoms are about 5.10(-14) cm(2) representing more than 70% of the geometrical cross sections. This demonstrates the high efficiency of the underlying processes. The formed carbon nanoparticles contain both aromatic and aliphatic structures which have also been considered as dust components in space.

  • 2018. Mark H. Stockett (et al.). Carbon 139, 906-912

    We have measured the threshold center-of-mass kinetic energy for knocking out a single carbon atom from C-60(-) in collisions with He. Combining this experimental result with classical molecular dynamics simulations, we determine a semi-empirical value of 24.1+0.5 eV for the threshold displacement energy, the energy needed to remove a single carbon atom from the C-60 cage. We report the first observation of an endohedral complex with an odd number of carbon atoms, He@C-59(-), and discuss its formation and decay mechanisms.

  • 2018. Alicja Domaracka (et al.). Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP 20 (22), 15052-15060

    Ionization, fragmentation and molecular growth have been studied in collisions of 22.5 keV He2+-or 3 keV Ar+-projectiles with pure loosely bound clusters of coronene (C24H12) molecules or with loosely bound mixed C-60-C24H12 clusters by using mass spectrometry. The heavier and slower Ar+ projectiles induce prompt knockout-fragmentation - C- and/or H-losses - from individual molecules and highly efficient secondary molecular growth reactions before the clusters disintegrate on picosecond timescales. The lighter and faster He2+ projectiles have a higher charge and the main reactions are then ionization by ions that are not penetrating the clusters. This leads mostly to cluster fragmentation without molecular growth. However, here penetrating collisions may also lead to molecular growth but to a much smaller extent than with 3 keV Ar+. Here we present fragmentation and molecular growth mass distributions with 1 mass unit resolution, which reveals that the same numbers of C- and H-atoms often participate in the formation and breaking of covalent bonds inside the clusters. We find that masses close to those with integer numbers of intact coronene molecules, or with integer numbers of both intact coronene and C-60 molecules, are formed where often one or several H-atoms are missing or have been added on. We also find that super-hydrogenated coronene is formed inside the clusters.

  • 2018. Nathalie de Ruette (et al.). Review of Scientific Instruments 89 (7)

    In this paper, we give a detailed description of an electrospray ion source test bench and a single-pass setup for ion fragmentation studies at the Double ElectroStatic Ion Ring ExpEriment infrastructure at Stockholm University. This arrangement allows for collision-induced dissociation experiments at the center-of-mass energies between 10 eV and 1 keV. Charged fragments are analyzed with respect to their kinetic energies (masses) by means of an electrostatic energy analyzer with a wide angular acceptance and adjustable energy resolution.

  • 2017. Henning Zettergren. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B 408, 9-15

    This brief review highlights recent advances in our understanding on how fullerenes, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), and their clusters respond to singly and multiply charged keV-ion impact. These studies reveal how the projectile charge, mass, and velocity may be tuned to investigate, e.g., the stabilities of multiply charged monomers and clusters, different monomer and cluster cooling processes, molecular heating by Coulomb explosions of highly charged clusters, and impulse driven molecular growth processes.

  • 2017. Marcelo Goulart (et al.). Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP 19 (41), 27968-27973

    Mass spectra of helium nanodroplets doped with H-2 and coronene feature anomalies in the ion abundance that reveal anomalies in the energetics of adsorption sites. The coronene monomer ion strongly adsorbs up to n = 38 H-2 molecules indicating a commensurate solvation shell that preserves the D-6h symmetry of the substrate. No such feature is seen in the abundance of the coronene dimer through tetramer complexed with H-2; this observation rules out a vertical columnar structure. Instead we see evidence for a columnar structure in which adjacent coronenes are displaced in parallel, forming terraces that offer additional strong adsorption sites. The experimental value for the number of adsorption sites per terrace, approximately six, barely depends on the number of coronene molecules. The displacement estimated from this number exceeds the value reported in several theoretical studies of the bare, neutral coronene dimer.

  • 2017. Henning T. Schmidt (et al.). Physical Review Letters 119 (7)

    We apply near-threshold laser photodetachment to characterize the rotational quantum level distribution of OH- ions stored in the cryogenic ion-beam storage ring DESIREE at Stockholm University. We find that the stored ions relax to a rotational temperature of 13.4 +/- 0.2 K with 94.9 +/- 0.3% of the ions in the rotational ground state. This is consistent with the storage ring temperature of 13.5 +/- 0.5 K as measured with eight silicon diodes but in contrast to all earlier studies in cryogenic traps and rings where the rotational temperatures were always much higher than those of the storage devices at their lowest temperatures. Furthermore, we actively modify the rotational distribution through selective photodetachment to produce an OH- beam where 99.1 +/- 0.1% of approximately one million stored ions are in the J = 0 rotational ground state. We measure the intrinsic lifetime of the J = 1 rotational level to be 145 +/- 28 s.

  • 2017. Linda Giacomozzi (et al.). Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP 19 (30), 19750-19755

    We have studied collisions between tetraphenylporphyrin cations and He or Ne at center-of-mass energies in the range 50-110 eV. The experimental results were interpreted in view of density functional theory calculations of dissociation energies and classical molecular dynamics simulations of how the molecules respond to the He/Ne impact. We demonstrate that prompt atom knockout strongly contributes to the total destruction cross sections. Such impulse driven processes typically yield highly reactive fragments and are expected to be important for collisions with any molecular system in this collision energy range, but have earlier been very difficult to isolate for biomolecules.

  • 2016. Michael Gatchell, Henning Zettergren. Journal of Physics B 49 (16)

    Energetic ions lose some of their kinetic energy when interacting with electrons or nuclei in matter. Here, we discuss combined experimental and theoretical studies on such impulse driven reactions in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), fullerenes, and pure or mixed clusters of these molecules. These studies show that the nature of excitation is important for how complex molecular systems respond to ion/atom impact. Rutherford-like nuclear scattering processes may lead to prompt atom knockout and formation of highly reactive fragments, while heating of the molecular electron clouds in general lead to formation of more stable and less reactive fragments. In this topical review, we focus on recent studies of knockout driven reactions, and present new calculations of the angular dependent threshold (displacement) energies for such processes in PAHs. The so-formed fragments may efficiently form covalent bonds with neighboring molecules in clusters. These unique molecular growth processes may be important in astrophysical environments such as low velocity shock waves.

  • 2016. S. E. Huber (et al.). Carbon 109, 843-850

    Fullerenes (and clusters composed of them) yield a variety of promising structural, electronic, magnetic and chemical properties, governed by their specific electronic and geometric configuration. These systems have attracted many theoretical and experimental endeavors in order to describe, explain and predict their features. The conclusive description of some specific properties has remained a challenge though, such as a sound physicochemical description of the stability of multiply charged fullerene clusters, which we explore here. We show how simple models based on classical electrostatics allow one to understand the (fragmentation) dynamics of multiply ionized fullerene aggregates without the use of elaborate and time-consuming computational quantum chemical approaches. These models successfully explain why the fullerene pentamer is the smallest dicationic cluster experimentally observed, despite its thermodynamic instability. These predictions are of importance in various fields such as cluster physics, astrochemistry, electrochemistry and solid-state chemistry.

  • 2016. Fredrik Lindén, Henrik Cederquist, Henning Zettergren. Journal of Chemical Physics 145 (19)

    We present exact analytical solutions for charge transfer reactions between two arbitrarily charged hard dielectric spheres. These solutions, and the corresponding exact ones for sphere-sphere interaction energies, include sums that describe polarization effects to infinite orders in the inverse of the distance between the sphere centers. In addition, we show that these exact solutions may be approximated by much simpler analytical expressions that are useful for many practical applications. This is exemplified through calculations of Langevin type cross sections for forming a compound system of two colliding spheres and through calculations of electron transfer cross sections. We find that it is important to account for dielectric properties and finite sphere sizes in such calculations, which for example may be useful for describing the evolution, growth, and dynamics of nanometer sized dielectric objects such as molecular clusters or dust grains in different environments including astrophysical ones.

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Last updated: February 23, 2019

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