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Title:Photo-ionization and photo-dissociation of trapped PAH cations
Author(s):Joblin, Christine
Contributor(s):Mayer, Paul M.; Champeaux, Jean-Philippe; Martin, Serge; Nahon, Laurent; Giuliani, Alexandre; Simon, Aude; Sabbah, Hassan; Mulas, Giacomo; Rodriguez Castillo, Sarah; Zhen, Junfeng
Subject(s):Spectroscopy in Traps
Abstract:In astrophysical environments, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are submitted to VUV photons of energy up to $\sim$20 eV. In the laboratory, photoelectron-photoion spectroscopy is usually performed using VUV synchrotron radiation, in which the same photon (15-25 eV), is used to ionize and dissociate PAHs\footnote{H.W.~Jochims et al., \textit{Astron. \& Astrophys.} \underline{\textbf{420}} (1994), 307-317
P. M.~Mayer et al., \textit{J. Chem. Phys.} \underline{\textbf{134}} (2011), 244312-244312-8}. These experiments explore specific conditions and complementary studies in ion traps are required for a wider investigation of interstellar conditions. We have used the LTQ linear ion trap available on the DESIRS VUV beamline at SOLEIL to study the interaction of PAH cations with photons in the 7-20 eV range. We recorded by action spectroscopy the relative intensities of photo-fragmentation and photo-ionization of eight PAH cations ranging in size from 14 to 24 carbon atoms and with different structures. We found that, at photon energies below $\sim$13.6 eV, fragmentation dominates for the smaller species, while for larger species ionization is competitive immediately above the second ionization potential. At higher photon energies, all species behave similarly, the ionization yield gradually increases, levelling off between 0.8 and 0.9 at $\sim$18 eV \footnote{J.~Zhen et al., \textit{Astron. \& Astrophys.} (2016), in press}. We have also recorded the competition between the different dissociation channels as a function of the VUV photon energy, such as the C$_2$H$_2$ versus H/H$_2$ loss. We will discuss how these data can be compared to results of photoelectron spectroscopy performed on neutral PAHs at the VUV beamline at the Swiss Light Source.\footnote{B.~West et al., \textit{J. Phys. Chem. A } \underline{\textbf{118}} (2014), 7824-7831
B.~West et al., \textit{J. Phys. Chem. A } \underline{\textbf{118}} (2014), 9870-9878}. Acknowledgments\footnote{European Research Council grant ERC-2013-SyG, Grant Agreement n.~610256 NANOCOSMOS.}
Issue Date:2016-06-22
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Genre:Conference Paper/Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 by the authors
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-01-26

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