Bridging the gap between small clusters and nanodroplets: spectroscopic study and computer simulation of carbon dioxide solvated with helium atoms.

High resolution infrared spectra of He(N)-CO2 clusters with N up to 17 have been studied in the region of the CO2 nu(3) fundamental band. The B rotational constant initially drops as expected for a normal molecule, reaching a minimum for N=5. Its subsequent rise for N=6 to 11 can be interpreted as the transition from a normal (though floppy) molecule to a… (More)