Anions of coronene (C24H12) and its clusters are produced by laser ablation of a pressed pellet sample in a double rod, pulsed nozzle source. Coronene anions are produced efficiently only when transition metal vapor is present in the same plasma from co-vaporization of a metal sample. Anion monomers and clusters of coronene are size-selected and studied with photoelectron spectroscopy in a magnetic bottle spectrometer. Spectra at 532, 355 and 266 nm probe electron affinities and neutral electronic states. The electron affinity of coronene is 0.47±0.09 eV and that of coronene dimer is 0.67±0.09 eV.
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