Gas-Phase Inorganic Chemistry: Monovalent Derivatives of Calcium and Strontium

Science  01 Nov 1991:
Vol. 254, Issue 5032, pp. 665-670
DOI: 10.1126/science.254.5032.665


The chemistry and spectroscopy of monovalent derivatives of calcium and strontium are described. Laser-driven chemical reactions of calcium and strontium vapors with a variety of small molecules have provided many new free radicals. In general, these species are analogous to the stable molecules obtained in traditional inorganic or organometallic chemistry, but some new families of molecules have been discovered.