ABSOLUTE PHOTODETACHMENT CROSS-SECTION MEASUREMENTS FOR HYDROCARBON CHAIN ANIONS
2011 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 742, no 2, 63- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Absolute photodetachment cross sections have been measured for the hydrocarbon chain anions C(n)H(-), n = 2, 4, and 6, which are relevant for an understanding of molecular clouds in the interstellar medium. Data have been obtained for different photon energies within approximately 1 eV of the detachment threshold. With our recently developed method we have achieved a precision of better than 25% on these absolute cross sections. The experiments have been carried out by means of photodetachment tomography of the mass-selected molecular anions in a multipole radio-frequency ion trap. The measured absolute cross sections are in accordance with the empirical scaling law of Millar et al. and have allowed us to determine its free parameters. These results are important for predicting the photostability and thus the abundance of carbon chain anions in planetary atmospheres, in circumstellar envelopes, and in photon-dominated regions of interstellar molecular clouds.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 742, no 2, 63- p.
astrochemistry, ISM: molecules, molecular data, molecular processes
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-70676DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/742/2/63ISI: 000297211900003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-70676DiVA: diva2:482276
authorCount :112012-01-232012-01-232012-01-23Bibliographically approved