Absolute cross sections for electron-impact dissociation of N(2)D(+) producing N(2)(+), ND(+), and N(+) ion fragments were measured in the 5- to 100-eV range using a crossed electron-ion beams technique. In the 5- to 20-eV region, in which dissociative excitation (DE) is the principal contributing mechanism, N(2)(+) production dominates. The N(2)(+) + D dissociation channel shows a large resonant-like structure in the DE cross section, as observed previously in electron impact dissociation of triatomic dihydride species [M. Fogle, E. M. Bahati, M. E. Bannister, S. H. M. Deng, C. R. Vane, R. D. Thomas, and V. Zhaunerchyk, Phys. Rev. A 82, 042720 (2010)]. In the dissociative ionization (DI) region, 20- to 100-eV, N(2)(+), ND(+), and N(+) ion fragment production are comparable. The observance of the ND(+) and N(+) ion fragments indicate breaking of the N-N bond along certain dissociation channels.
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