Experiments on fullerene decay are reviewed and the frequency factor for C2 emission is extracted. The value is also calculated theoretically. Inclusion of a number of previously disregarded degrees of freedom for the products increase the theoretical estimate for C60 to above 1020 s-1, in good agreement with experimental results.
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This work has been supported by VR and EU via with Research and Training Network HPRN-CT-2000-00026. Many valuable discussions on the subject and comments on the manuscript by J.U. Andersen are gratefully acknowledged.
- Unimolecular decay