Reactions in Drift Tubes
Ion–molecule reactions are an important part of chemistry, but their study covers such a wide range of things that a book the size of this one can only describe a small fraction of this research field. We focus on the range of kinetic energy from about 0.1 to 2 eV, equivalent to thermal energies from 1000 to 20,000 K. This range can best be studied by using a drift tube, either as a stand-alone device or in combination with a mass spectrometer and/or a flowing afterglow apparatus. The history of flowing afterglow experiments has been reviewed several times (Graul and Squires in Mass Spectrom. Rev. 7:263, 1988, Bohme, Int. J. Mass Spectrom. 200:97 2000, Bierbaum, Int. J. Mass Spectrom. 377:456, 2015) and will not be repeated here.
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