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Threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy and selected ion flow tube reactions of CHF3: comparison of product branching ratios

Parkes, M. A. and Chim, R. Y. L. and Mayhew, C. A. and Mikhailov, V. A. and Tuckett, R. P. (2006) Threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy and selected ion flow tube reactions of CHF3: comparison of product branching ratios. Molecular Physics, 104 (2). pp. 263-272. ISSN 0026-8976

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The threshold photoelectron and threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence spectra of CHF\(_3\) in the range 13.5 – 24.5 eV have been recorded. Ion yields and branching ratios have been determined for the three fragments CF\(_3^+\), CHF2\(^+\) and CF\(^+\). The mean kinetic energy releases into fragment ions involving either C-H or C-F bond cleavage have been measured, and compared with statistical and impulsive models. CHF\(_3^+\) behaves in a non-statistical manner characteristic of the small-molecule limit, with the ground electronic state and low-lying excited states of CHF\(_3^+\) being largely repulsive along the C-H and C-F coordinates, respectively. The rate coefficients and product ion branching ratios have been measured at 298 K in a selected ion flow tube for the reactions of CHF\(_3\) with a large number of gas-phase cations whose recombination energies span the range 6.3 through 21.6 eV. A comparison between the branching ratios from the two experiments, together with an analysis of the threshold photoelectron spectrum of CHF\(_3\), shows that long-range charge transfer probably occurs for the Ar\(^+\) and F\(^+\) atomic ions whose recombination energies lie above ca. 15 eV. Below this energy, the mechanism involves a combination of short-range charge transfer and chemical reactions involving a transition state intermediate.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2006 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Chemical Sciences
Department:School of Chemistry, School of Physics
Subjects:QD Chemistry
QC Physics
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Taylor & Francis
ID Code:762
Refereed:YES
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