We have measured the kinetic energy released in the unimolecular dissociation of fullerene ions, C(n)(+)-->C(n-2)(+)+C(2), for sizes 42less than or equal tonless than or equal to90. A three-sector-field mass spectrometer equipped with two electric sectors has been used in order to ensure that contributions from isotopomers of different masses do not distort the experimental kinetic energy release distributions. We apply the concept of microcanonical temperature to derive from these data the dissociation energies of fullerene cations. They are converted to dissociation energies of neutral fullerenes with help of published adiabatic ionization energies. The results are compared with literature values. (C) 2004 American Institute of Physics.
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The following article appeared in J. Chem. Phys. 121, 2137 (2004); doi: 10.1063/1.1768172 and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1768172.
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