Electron attachment to oxygen in nitrogen buffer gas at atmospheric pressure

  • Marek Kučera
  • Michal StanoEmail author
  • Jolanta Wnorowska
  • Wiesława Barszczewska
  • Detlef Loffhagen
  • Štefan Matejčík
Regular Article


We have carried out experimental and theoretical studies of three body electron attachment (TBEA) to O2 in N2/O2 mixtures. We have applied three different experimental methods to determine the apparent rate constant k for TBEA to O2 for reduced electric fields E/ n from 0.5 Td up to 4.5 Td and O2 concentrations from 0.02% up to 3%. From the apparent rate constant k we have evaluated three body rate constant for electron attachment to O2 in pure O2 \(\left( {k_{O_2 } } \right)\) and in pure N2 \(\left( {k_{N_2 } } \right)\). The comparison of present data with former studies shows that the former values of \(k_{N_2 }\) overestimated the efficiency of this reaction, while in case of \(k_{O_2 }\) we have found agreement with earlier studies. We have solved numerically the Boltzmann equation of the electrons and calculated the values of k, \(k_{N_2 }\) and \(k_{O_2 }\) using well established cross sections. Using the known collision cross section set for TBEA to O2, very good agreement between calculated and measured results for \(k_{O_2 }\) was found, while in the case of k and \(k_{N_2 }\) we had to introduce a scaling function, which describes the decrease of the efficiency of TBEA to O2 in presence of N2 and the dependence of the scaling function on E/n was determined.


Molecular Physics and Chemical Physics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marek Kučera
    • 1
  • Michal Stano
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jolanta Wnorowska
    • 2
  • Wiesława Barszczewska
    • 2
  • Detlef Loffhagen
    • 3
  • Štefan Matejčík
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Experimental PhysicsComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.Chemistry DepartmentSiedlce UniversitySiedlcePoland
  3. 3.Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and TechnologyGreifswaldGermany

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