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Do we know the value of the Gspann parameter?

Journal article
Authors Klavs Hansen
Eleanor E B Campbell
Published in Int.J.Mass Spectrom.
Volume 233
Pages 215-221
ISSN 1387-3806
Publication year 2004
Published at Department of Physics (GU)
Pages 215-221
Language en
Keywords Cluster beams, Gspann parameter, Kinetic energy release
Subject categories Physical Sciences, Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics


We reanalyze some of the data used by Klots to establish an experimental basis for the claim by Gspann that clusters have a highest temperature in molecular beams. The value of this temperature is given by the evaporative activation energy and a dimensionless parameter called the Gspann parameter. The value of the Gspann parameter we derive from the data is higher than the value found by Klots, and is consistent with the predictions from detailed balance theory, although a number of uncertainties persist. More recent data on oxygen clusters are analyzed with the same methods and the model dependent uncertainties are shown to be fairly large.

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