Formation of H2 from internally heated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: Excitation energy dependence
2015 (English)In: Journal of Chemical Physics, ISSN 0021-9606, E-ISSN 1089-7690, Vol. 142, no 14, 144305Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We have investigated the effectiveness of molecular hydrogen (H-2) formation from Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are internally heated by collisions with keV ions. The present and earlier experimental results are analyzed in view of molecular structure calculations and a simple collision model. We estimate that H-2 formation becomes important for internal PAH temperatures exceeding about 2200 K, regardless of the PAH size and the excitation agent. This suggests that keV ions may effectively induce such reactions, while they are unlikely due to, e.g., absorption of single photons with energies below the Lyman limit. The present analysis also suggests that H-2 emission is correlated with multi-fragmentation processes, which means that the [PAH-2H](+) peak intensities in the mass spectra may not be used for estimating H-2-formation rates.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 142, no 14, 144305
Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Research subject Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117139DOI: 10.1063/1.4917021ISI: 000352969600023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-117139DiVA: diva2:810834