Absolute partial and total cross-section functions for the electron impact ionization of C60 and C70

S. Matt, B. Dünser, M. Lezius, H. Deutsch, K. Becker, A. Stamatovic, P. Scheier, T. D. Märk

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Electron impact ionization of C60 and C70 was studied using a molecular/electron beam ion source in combination with a two sector field mass spectrometer operated in the ion beam deflection mode. Relative partial ionization cross sections for the production of singly and multiply charged parent ions (up to charge state z=4) and fragment ions (down to C44+ in the case of C60 and down to C50+ in the case of C70) were determined from threshold up to 1000 eV electron energy. Absolute partial and total ionization cross sections are obtained using a novel approach for the absolute calibration involving an intercomparison of the cation with the anion yield. The results obtained reveal not only an anomalous large parent ion cross section as compared to other ionization channels [e.g., σ(C60+/C60) is more than a factor of 30 larger than σ(C58+/C60)] but also anomalies for the production of multiply charged parent and fragment ions. For instance, the maximum cross section for the formation of C602+ amounts to 30% of the maximum C60+ cross section and that of C702+ to about 50% of C70+. Moreover, for all fragment ions, the formation of the doubly charged fragment ions has a larger cross section than that of the respective singly charged fragment ion. These peculiar features of the kinetics of electron impact ionization of C60 and C70 are related to the specific electronic and geometric structures of these fullerenes. The present absolute cross-section data for the summed up partial cross sections are in good agreement with a recent semiclassical calculation from our laboratory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1880-1896
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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