Photodissociation processes of a water-oxygen complex cation studied by an ion imaging technique

Yuji Nakashima, Yuri Ito, Kenichi Okutsu, Motoyoshi Nakano, Fuminori Misaizu

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Photochemistry of molecular complex ions in the atmosphere affects the composition, density, and growth of chemical species. Photodissociation processes of a mass-selected O2+(H2O) complex ion in the visible and ultraviolet regions were studied by ion imaging experiments and theoretical calculations. At 473 nm excitation, O2+ was the predominant photofragment ion produced. In this O2+ channel, the kinetic energy release was comparable to that estimated using a statistical dissociation model, and the anisotropy parameter was determined to be β = 1.0 ± 0.1. On the other hand, the H2O+ photofragment ion was mainly produced at 355 nm excitation. The kinetic energy release for the H2O+ channel was large and nonstatistical, and the anisotropy parameter was β = 1.9 ± 0.2. Theoretically, the 473 and 355 nm excitations were assigned to the B2A′′ ← X2A′′ and D2A′′ ← X2A′′ transitions, respectively, both of which were characterized by positive charge transfer from O2 to H2O subunits. To further investigate the dissociation mechanisms, potential energy curves (PECs) and surfaces (PESs) for the O2+(H2O) ion were calculated for the ground and excited states. As a result, the H2O+ channel at 355 nm excitation was explained by rapid dissociation on the repulsive PES of the D state, while rapid electronic relaxation from the B to X state followed by dissociation in the ground state was inferred in the O2+ channel at 473 nm excitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16926-16933
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 7


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