Nonthermal fragmentation of C60

Harald O. Jeschke, Martin E. Garcia, J. A. Alonso

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A theoretical study of the subpicosecond fragmentation of C60 clusters in response to ultrafast laser pulses is presented. We simulate the laser excitation and the consequent nonequilibrium relaxation dynamics of the electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom. The first stages of the nonequilibrium dynamics are dominated by a breathing mode followed by the cold ejection of single C atoms, in contrast to the dimer emission which characterizes the thermal relaxation. We also determine the nonequilibrium damage thresholds as a function of the pulse duration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-162
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 30 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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