Title

Kinetics of CO+ and CO2+ with N and O atoms

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-28-2018

Subject Area

ARRAY(0x55699ed68e68)

Abstract

We have measured reaction rate constants for CO+ and CO2+ reacting with N and O atoms using a selected ion flow tube apparatus equipped with a microwave discharge atom source. Experimental work was supplemented by molecular structure calculations. Calculated pathways show the sensitivity of kinetic barriers to theoretical methods and imply that high-level ab initio methods are required for accurate energetics. We report room-temperature rate constants of 1.0 ± 0.4 × 10-11 cm3 s-1 and 4.0 ± 1.6 × 10-11 cm3 s-1 for the reactions of CO+ with N and O atoms, respectively, and 8.0 ± 3.0 × 10-12 cm3 s-1 and 2.0 ± 0.8 × 10-11 cm3 s-1 for the reactions of CO2+ with N and O atoms, respectively. The reaction of CO2+ + O is observed to yield O2+ exclusively. These values help resolve discrepancies in the literature and are important for modeling of the Martian atmosphere.

Publication Title

Journal of Chemical Physics

Volume

148

Issue

8

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1063/1.5011195

PubMed ID

29495785

ISSN

00219606

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