Dissociative electron attachment and dipolar dissociation in ethylene

Szymańska, Ewelina; Mason, Nigel J.; Krishnakumar, E.; Matias, Carolina; Mauracher, Andreas; Scheier, Paul and Denifl, Stephan (2014). Dissociative electron attachment and dipolar dissociation in ethylene. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 365-366 pp. 356–364.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijms.2014.01.006

URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...


We present a detailed experimental investigation of anion production in electron collisions with ethylene, C2H4. The investigated energy range is between 0 and 90 eV where anions are formed by two processes, in the low energy regime by dissociative electron attachment (DEA) and at higher energy by dipolar dissociation (DD). These electron induced processes are studied in two different experimental apparatus using two different mass spectrometry techniques. One is a time of flight spectrometer operating with velocity slice imaging technique and the other is a two sector field mass spectrometer. The former allows efficient collection of ions compared to standard mass spectrometers, while the latter provides high mass resolution. Eight fragment anions formed via DEA in the electron energy range between 5 and 17 eV have been detected; two fragments have not reported as DEA products in any previous studies. DD in C2H4 leads to the formation of the same anions as found in the case of DEA. Quantum chemical calculations have been carried out to determine the thermochemical thresholds of anion formation.

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