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J Chem Phys. 2012 May 28;136(20):204306. doi: 10.1063/1.4720499.

Behavior of rate coefficients for ion-ion mutual neutralization, 300-550 K.

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  • 1Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico 87117-5776, USA.


Rate coefficients k(MN) have been measured for a number of anion neutralization reactions with Ar(+) and Kr(+) over the temperature range 300-550 K. For the first time, the data set includes anions of radicals and other short-lived species. In the present paper, we review these results and make note of correlations with reduced mass, electron binding energy of the anion (equivalent to the electron affinity of the corresponding neutral), and temperature, and compare with expectations from absorbing sphere models. An intriguing result is that the data for diatomic anions neutralized by Ar(+) and Kr(+) have k(MN) values close to 3 × 10(-8) cm(3) s(-1) at 300 K, a figure which is lower than those for all of the polyatomic anions at 300 K except for SF(5)(-) + Kr(+). For the polyatomic anions studied here, neutralized by Ar(+) and Kr(+), the reduced mass dependence agrees with theory, on average, but we find a stronger temperature dependence of T(-0.9) than expected from the theoretical E(-0.5) energy dependence of the rate coefficient at thermal energies. The k(MN) show a weak dependence on the electron binding energy of the anion for the polyatomic species studied.

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