We present measurements of the velocity distribution of electrons emitted from mass-selected neutral fullerenes, performed at the intracavity free electron laser FELICE. We make use of mass-specific vibrational resonances in the infrared domain to selectively heat up one out of a distribution of several fullerene species. Efficient energy redistribution leads to decay via thermionic emission. Time-resolved electron kinetic energy distributions measured give information on the decay rate of the selected fullerene. This method is generally applicable to all neutral species that exhibit thermionic emission and provides a unique tool to study the stability of mass-selected neutral clusters and molecules that are only available as part of a size distribution.

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Cauchy, C., Bakker, J. M., Huismans, Y., Rouzée, A., Redlich, B., van der Meer, A. F. G., … Lépine, F. (2013). Single-size thermometric measurements on a size distribution of neutral fullerenes. Phys.Rev.Lett., 110(19, Article number: 193401), 1–5. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.193401