Competition between fission and intra-cluster fusion in highly excited fullerene clusters

Klavs Hansen, Mikael Kjellberg, Alexander V. Bulgakov, Eleanor E. B. Campbell

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Abstract

The occurrence of intra-cluster fusion of fullerene molecules inside van der Waals bound fullerene clusters can be observed following femtosecond laser excitation. We show that the fusion reaction competes with the fission of multiply charged clusters. Energetic barriers to the reaction of at least 85 eV have to be overcome, similar to the energetic barriers to molecular fusion observed in fullerene ion-neutral fullerene collision experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-50
Number of pages8
JournalIsrael journal of chemistry
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

Keywords

  • DELAYED IONIZATION
  • ELECTRON-EMISSION
  • MOLECULAR FUSION
  • FRAGMENTATION
  • C-60
  • ENERGY
  • TEMPERATURE
  • DEPENDENCE
  • SCATTERING
  • STABILITY

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