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17May/106

What Does a Buckyball Undergoing Unimolecular Disassociation by Use of Extremely High Levels of Vibrational Excitation Look Like?

How about a C60/C240 collision at 300eV?

H/t Machine Phase.

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  1. How cool!

    I know that the chemistry is much different, but it superficially looks like a proteing binding to a smaller protein.

    Richard Jones (to his credit the only one to offer serious criticism of MNT) believes that the life like “soft” nanotechnology (a single chain of covalent bonds folded together and held in place by weak non-covalent bonds)is the limit of the possible.

    Jones went further in physics than I did, but I tend to disagree. I suspect the ultimate nanotechnology will have soft and “hard” (multiple covalent bonds as in diamond and fullerenes)components. So much has already been done with fullerenes.

  2. The word melting is really inappropriate here. Melting is a phase transition in a bulk material. When a molecular solid melts the individual molecules are intact.

    What is shown here is unimolecular dissociation by use of extremely high levels of vibrational excitation. But it’s not exactly correct for buckyballs. As we showed in 1986 buckyballs will dissociate by spitting out c2 molecules until they reach c32 at which point the c32 species essentially explodes.

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  4. Sean, then I guess I should have titled this post “What Does a Buckyball Undergoing Unimolecular Disassociation by Use of Extremely High Levels of Vibrational Excitation Look Like?” ;)

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