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Equipe AMA

AMA : Atomes, Molécules et Agrégats.

Group Leader : Jean-Yves Chesnel

The AMA members are exploring the interaction of ions with dilute matter ranging from isolated molecules to atomic or molecular clusters. Most of the attention is focused on the stability and the fragmentation dynamics of multi-atomic systems after their excitation/ionization by ion impact at velocities of a few tenths of atomic velocities.

Following its long tradition, the AMA team investigates collision-induced mechanisms of fundamental interest, such as electron interference effects and shakeoff processes. In addition, a major goal of the team is to provide valuable upstream information relevant for societal issues. To gain new insights into radiation damage processes, the team aims to describe, at the molecular level, the early stages of ion-induced fragmentation of biomolecules. Also, AMA investigates reactions involving polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon clusters and fullerene precursors which are of prime interest for astrophysics and atmospheric chemistry.

The highlights obtained by the AMA team, as well as its attractiveness through its collaborations and contributions to networks and conference organization, have recently been supported through the recognition of the exceptional achievements of one of its young members : Alicja Domaracka-Rousseau received the “médaille de Bronze” in 2015 from the CNRS.

Recent Publications


  1. Photoinduced Processes within Noncovalent Complexes Involved in Molecular Recognition
    M. Abdelmouleh, M. Lalande, V. Vizcaino, T. Schlathölter and J.C. Poully
    Chem. Eur. J. (2020)
    doi :
  2. Non-thermal desorption of complex organic molecules : Cosmic-ray sputtering of CH3OH embedded in CO2 ice
    E. Dartois, M. Chabot, A. Bacmann, P. Boduch, A. Domaracka and H. Rothard
    Astron. Astrophys. 634 (2020) A103
    doi :
  3. Dissociative ionization of the H2O molecule bombarded by swift singly charged and slow highly charged ions
    S.T.S. Kovács, P. Herczku, Z. Juhasz, L. Sarkadi, L. Gulyàs, J.Y. Chesnel, L. Ábrók, F. Frémont, A. Hajaji and B. Sulik
    X-Ray Spectrometry 49 (2020) 133-137
    doi :
  4. Dissociation dynamics of the diamondoid adamantane upon photoionization by XUV femtosecond pulses
    S. Maclot, J. Lahl, J. Peschel, H. Wikmark, P. Rudawski, F. Brunner, H. Coudert-Alteirac, S. Indrajith, B.A. Huber, S. Diaz-Tendero, N.F. Aguirre, P. Rousseau and P. Johnsson
    Sci. Rep. 10 (2020) 2884
    doi :
  5. Unravelling molecular interactions in uracil clusters by XPS measurements assisted by ab initio and tight-binding simulations
    G. Mattioli, L. Avaldi, P. Bolognesi, J.D. Bozek, M.C. Castrovilli, J. Chiarinelli, A. Domaracka, S. Indrajith, S. Maclot, A.R. Milosavljevic, C. Nicolafrancesco, C. Nicolas and P. Rousseau
    Sci. Rep. 10 (2020) 13081-13081
    doi :
  6. Vibrationally Mediated Stabilization of Electrons in Nonpolar Matter
    J. Med, S. Srsen, P. Slavicek, A. Domaracka, S. Indrajith, P. Rousseau, M. Fárnik, J. Fedor and J. Kocisek
    J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (2020) 2482-2489
    doi :
  7. Interaction of hydantoin with solar wind minority ions : O6+ and He2+
    J. Renoud, S. Indrajith, A. Domaracka, P. Rousseau, P. Moretto-Capelle, B.A. Huber and J.P. Champeaux
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 22 (2020) 5785-5796
    doi :
  8. Infrared complex refractive index of N-containing astrophysical ices free of water processed by cosmic-ray simulated in laboratory
    W.R.M. Rocha, S. Pilling, A. Domaracka, H. Rothard and P. Boduch
    Spectrochim. Acta A 228 (2020) 117826
    doi :
  9. Polypeptide formation in clusters of beta-alanine amino acids by single ion impact
    P. Rousseau, D.G. Piekarski, M. Capron, A. Domaracka, L. Adoui, F. Martin, M. Alcami, S. Diaz-Tendero and B.A. Huber
    Nature Comm. 11 (2020) 3818-3818
    doi :
  10. Heavy N+ ion transfer in doubly charged N2Ar van der Waals cluster
    X. Zhu, X. Hu, S. Yan, Y. Peng, W. Feng, D. Guo, Y. Gao, S. Zhang, A. Cassimi, J. Xu, D. Zhao, D. Dong, B. Hai, Y. Wu, J. Wang and X. Ma
    Nature Comm. 11 (2020) 2987-2987AMA
    doi :


European Networks

  • RADIATE : Research And Development with Ion Beams – Advancing Technology in Europe
    14 partners from public research and 4 SMEs are joining forces in the RADIATE project exchanging experience and best practice examples in order to structure the European Research Area of ion technology application.
  • I3 ITS-LEIF : Distributed European Facility Ion Technology and Spectroscopy at Low Energy Ion Beam Facilities, ARIBECaen, H-EBIT-Heidelberg, ZERNIKE-LEIF-Groningen, ELISA-Aarhus, QU-LEIF-Belfast
  • COST Action Nano-IBCT : Nanoscale insights into Ion Beam Cancer Therapy, MP1002
  • LIA DYNAMICS : International associated Laboratory “Fragmentation dynamics of complex molecular systems”, CIMAP – Depart. of Physics, Stockholm University – Depart. de Quimica, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • COST Action XLIC : XUV/X-ray light and fast ions for ultrafast chemistry, CM1204
  • ITN ARGENT : Advanced Radiotherapy Generated by Exploiting Nanoprocesses and Technologies,
  • PICS (Programme International de Coopération Scientifique) : cooperation with the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • PHC Balaton (Partenariat Hubert Curien) : French-Hungarian cooperation with ATOMKI, Debrecen - Contract n°27860ZL
  • PHC Galilée (Partenariat Hubert Curien) : French-Italian cooperation
  • CNRS-MTA Cooperation : French-Hungarian cooperation with ATOMKI, Debrecen – ANION Project (2014-2015)

Conference organisation

  • 3rd ITS LEIF Winter School, 8-11 March 2010, Pralognan
  • 5th ITS LEIF Annual Meeting, 10-14 May 2010, Alghero
  • 22nd International Symposium on Ion Atom Collisions (ISIAC), 22-25 July 2011, Caen
  • 1st Nano-IBCT Conference, 2-6 October 2011, Caen
  • Workshop “Température : contrôle et réactivité” of the GDR 3533 “Edifices moléculaires isolés et environnés”, 15-17 October 2012, Cabourg
  • 4th International Workshop on the creation of a RADAM Database (concerning Radiation Damage in biomolecular systems), 1-2 October 2013, Caen, France
  • 1st Meeting of the XLIC Working Group 2 “Reactivity of highly excited and highly charged molecules”, 24-27 February 2014, Port-en-Bessin
  • Molecular Physics Workshop, 7-10 July 2015, Caen
  • 14th SPARC Topical Workshop,11-14 September 2017

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