Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-isomer fragmentation pathways: Case study for pyrene and fluoranthene molecules and clusters
2011 (English)In: Journal of Chemical Physics, ISSN 0021-9606, E-ISSN 1089-7690, Vol. 135, no 6, 064302- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We report on measurements of the ionization and fragmentation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) targets in Xe(20+) + C(16)H(10) and Xe(20+) + [C(16)H(10)](k) collisions and compare results for the two C(16)H(10) isomers: pyrene and fluoranthene. For both types of targets, i.e., for single PAH molecules isolated in vacuum or for isomerically pure clusters of one of the molecules, the resulting fragment spectra are surprisingly similar. However, we do observe weak but significant isomer effects. Although these are manifested in very different ways for the monomer and cluster targets, they both have at their roots small differences (<2.5 eV) between the total binding energies of neutral, and singly and multiply charged pyrene and fluoranthene monomers. The results will be discussed in view of the density functional theory calculations of ionization and dissociation energies for fluoranthene and pyrene. A simple classical over-the-barrier model is used to estimate cross sections for single-and multiple-electron transfer between PAHs and ions. Calculated single and multiple ionization energies, and the corresponding model PAH ionization cross sections, are given.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 135, no 6, 064302- p.
Research subject Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-68323DOI: 10.1063/1.3622589ISI: 000293955000012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-68323DiVA: diva2:477380
authorCount :172012-01-132012-01-032013-03-21Bibliographically approved