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Title: Dissociative recombination and mutual neutralization of heavier molecular ions: C{sub 10}H{sub 8}{sup +}, WF{sub 5}{sup +}, and C{sub n}F{sub m}{sup +}

Dissociative recombination (DR) rate coefficients for the naphthalene cation, C{sub 10}H{sub 8}{sup +}, and WF{sub 5}{sup +}, and mutual neutralization (MN) rate coefficients for these species and five C{sub n}F{sub m}{sup +} ions, were determined at 300 K using variable electron and neutral density attachment mass spectrometry (VENDAMS). DR proceeds at 9 ± 3 × 10{sup −7} cm{sup 3} s{sup −1} for C{sub 10}H{sub 8}{sup +} and at 6.1 ± 1.4 × 10{sup −7} cm{sup 3} s{sup −1} for WF{sub 5}{sup +}. Consistent with previous results, MN for the polyatomic cations with the halide anions Cl{sup −}, Br{sup −}, and I{sup −} exhibits an approximate μ{sup −1/2} reduced mass dependence of the reactant partners, demonstrating that ion collision velocities influence the rate coefficients. This work is an extension of VENDAMS to systems, where low reactant concentrations are necessary to avoid significant reaction of product ions with the neutral precursor, i.e., conditions not suitable for traditional flowing afterglow measurements, as well as to ions of masses > ∼ 100 Da, which are not amenable to the study of DR in magnetic storage rings. Our results expand the sparse literature on DR and MN of heavier ions.
Authors:
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  1. Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico 87117 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22415533
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 142; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; AFTERGLOW; ANIONS; APPROXIMATIONS; CATIONS; CONCENTRATION RATIO; ELECTRONS; HALIDES; HEAVY IONS; ION COLLISIONS; MASS SPECTROSCOPY; MOLECULAR IONS; NAPHTHALENE; PRECURSOR; RECOMBINATION; VELOCITY