|Title||Production of carbon clusters C3 to C12 with a cryogenic buffer-gas beam source|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Straatsma, CJE, Fabrikant, MI, Douberly, GE, Lewandowski, HJ|
|Journal||The Journal of Chemical Physics|
Cryogenic buffer-gas beam sources are capable of producing intense beams of a wide variety of molecules and have a number of advantages over traditional supersonic expansion sources. In this work, we report on a neon matrix isolation study of carbon clusters produced with a cryogenic buffer-gas beam source. Carbon clusters created by laser ablation of graphite are trapped in a neon matrix and detected with a Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer in the spectral range 4000–1000 cm−1. Through a study of carbon cluster production as a function of various system parameters, we characterize the behavior of the buffer-gas beam source and find that approximately 1011–1012 of each cluster is produced with each pulse of the ablation laser. These measurements demonstrate the usefulness of cryogenic buffer-gas beam sources for producing molecular beams of clusters.
|Short Title||The Journal of Chemical Physics|