Mirsaleh-Kohan, N.; Bass, A. D.; Cloutier, P. and Sanche, L.
Electron stimulated desorption of anions containing Oxygen and Nitrogen from self-assembled monolayers of DNA.
Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 204(1) pp. 1–7.
The electron stimulated desorption of anions from self-assembled monolayers of double stranded DNA is reported. Desorption of the oxygen and nitrogen containing anions O−, OH−, CN−, OCN−, and OCNH− is induced by the impact of 0.1−20 eV electrons. The anion desorption yields, measured as a function of incident electron energy exhibit pronounced maxima that can be attributed to dissociative electron attachment (DEA) to basic DNA units. Above 15 eV, desorption is attributed to dipolar dissociation (DD). This study further indicates that electrons with energy as low as 2.5 ± 0.3 eV can not only cause damage to DNA but also produce fragments with considerable kinetic energy.
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