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Abstract Electronically excited states of magnesium-water cluster ions, Mg+(H2O) n ,n=1–5, are studied by photodissociation after mass selection. The observed photodissociation spectra are assigned to the2P–2S type transitions localized on the Mg+ ion with the aid of ab initio CI calculations. In addition to evaporation of water molecules, photoinduced intracluster reaction to produce MgOH+(H2O) n is found to occur efficiently, with pronounced size dependence. The intriguing features observed in the mass spectrum of nascent cluster ions are discussed in relation to the stepwise solvation of this reaction.
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