Gaseous Molecular Ions

An Introduction to Elementary Processes Induced by Ionization

  • Eugen Illenberger
  • Jacques Momigny

Part of the Topics in Physical Chemistry book series (TOPPHYSCHEM, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Preparation and Decomposition of Positive and Negative Ions: Experimental Techniques and Instrumentation

    1. Eugen Illenberger, Jacques Momigny
      Pages 8-29
    2. Eugen Illenberger, Jacques Momigny
      Pages 30-79
  3. The Monomolecular Decay of Electronically Excited Molecular Ions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-82
    2. Eugen Illenberger, Jacques Momigny
      Pages 83-131
    3. Eugen Illenberger, Jacques Momigny
      Pages 141-169
    4. Eugen Illenberger, Jacques Momigny
      Pages 212-229
  4. Electron Attachment Processes in Molecules and Molecular Aggregates

    1. Eugen Illenberger, Jacques Momigny
      Pages 241-263
    2. Eugen Illenberger, Jacques Momigny
      Pages 264-298
    3. Eugen Illenberger, Jacques Momigny
      Pages 311-337
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 339-346

About this book


Most of the matter in our solar system, and, probably, within the whole universe, exists in the form of ionized particles. On the other hand, in our natural environ­ ment, gaseous matter generally consists of neutral atoms and molecules. Only under certain conditions, such as within the path oflightning or in several technical devices (e. g. gas discharges, rocket engines, etc. ) will some of the atoms and molecules be ionized. It is also believed that the chemistry of the earth's troposphere predomi­ nantly proceeds via reactions between neutral particles. (The complex system of atmospheric chemistry will be treated in one of the forthcoming volumes to this series. ) Why, then, are ions considered so important that hundreds oflaboratories all over the world (including some of the most prestigious) are involved in research pro­ grams on ions, covering many different facets, from biochemistry to physics? One may obtain as many different answers as there are research groups busy in this field. There is, however, one simple, common feature which makes it attractive to work with ions: since they carry one or more net elementary charges, they can easily be gui­ ded, focused or separated by appropriate electric and magnetic fields, and, last but not least, they can easily be detected. Apart from these advantages, which are welcome and appreciated by the researcher, the study of molecular ions can provide insight into very fundamental aspects of the general behavior of molecules.


biochemistry chemistry molecule reactions

Authors and affiliations

  • Eugen Illenberger
    • 1
  • Jacques Momigny
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische ChemieFreien Universität BerlinBerlin 33Germany
  2. 2.Institut de Chimie Département de Chimie Générale et de Chimie-PhysiqueUniversité de LiègeLiège 1Belgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Steinkopff-Verlag Darmstadt 1992
  • Publisher Name Steinkopff, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-07385-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-07383-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-2646
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