Do we know the value of the Gspann parameter?

K. Hansen, E. E.B. Campbell

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-221
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Mass Spectrometry
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2004


  • Cluster beams
  • Gspann parameter
  • Kinetic energy release


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