Free Carbon Atom Chemistry

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Science  14 May 1965:
Vol. 148, Issue 3672, pp. 899-907
DOI: 10.1126/science.148.3672.899


The studies of the chemistry of free carbon atoms described here represent only a start toward understanding the properties of this intriguing species. Although many important aspects of its chemistry, such as the influence of its electronic-spin state, are still poorly understood, some generalizations may be made.