Charged carbon clusters (C+N and C-N;N = 9-87) have been produced by growth from laser-generated carbon vapor in a helium flow channel, without the aid of subsequent laser ionization/attachment. The resulting abundance distributions therefore reflect relative cluster stabilities, rather than the consequences of specific photophysical processes. Under all conditions, the N = 60 magic number is reproduced in the C+N distribution, while these and other observed numbers are not seen in the C-N distribution.
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