Photodissociation of heptane isomers and relative ionization efficiencies of butyl and propyl radicals at 157 nm

Ruchira Silva, Wilson K. Gichuhi, Michael B. Doyle, Alexander H. Winney, Arthur G. Suits

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Abstract

We report an ion imaging and time-of-flight mass spectroscopy study of the photodissociation of a variety of heptane isomers using 157 nm dissociation and ionization. Time-of-flight mass spectra show that C3H7 + C4H9 is the dominant detected product channel following one-color 157 nm dissociation/ionization of heptanes. The results further allow determination of the relative ionization efficiencies of 1- and 2-butyl and propyl radicals at 157 nm. Momentum matching for the two radical products indicates that, for the C3-C4 products, neutral dissociation followed by ionization is the main source of the detected signals. The images show isotropic angular distributions and the translational energy distributions peak at very low energy, with only ∼0.3 eV or 8% of the available energy appearing in translation. This is consistent with dissociation from the ground state or low-lying triplet states following non-radiative electronic relaxation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4777-4781
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume11
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 12 2009

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