Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published in REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS, VOLUME 74, NUMBER 6 JUNE 2003. DOI: 10.1063/1.1573748 © 2003 American Institute of Physics. Used by permission.


We report on the design and performance of a combined heating/cooling stage for the thermalization of clusters in a gas phase time-of-flight mass spectrometer. With this setup the cluster temperature can sensitively be adjusted within the range from 100 up to 800 K and higher. The unique combination of a heating stage with a subsequent cooling stage allows us to perform thermodynamic investigations on clusters at very high temperatures without quality losses in the spectra due to delayed fragmentation in the drift tube of the mass spectrometer. The performance of the setup is demonstrated by the example of (C60)n clusters.

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