Indexed on: 25 Aug '04Published on: 25 Aug '04Published in: Physical review letters
We present a combined experimental and theoretical study of fragmentation of small Cn clusters (n = 5,7,9) produced in charge transfer collisions of fast (nu = 2.6 a.u.) singly charged Cn+ clusters with He. Branching ratios for all possible fragmentation channels have been measured. Comparison with microcanonical Metropolis Monte Carlo simulations based on quantum chemistry calculations allows us to determine the energy distribution of the excited clusters just after the collision.