Dissociative Recombination of Molecular Ions

  • J. B. A. Mitchell
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 145)


The dissociative recombination of molecular ions with electrons plays a central role in the physics and chemistry of ionized systems. Although simple in concept it displays an underlying complexity which has frustrated many attempts to obtain a clear understanding of its nature. In fact almost without exception it is impossible to say with confidence that the recombination of any molecular species is well understood. The problem lies partially within the inherent complexity of molecular systems with their infinite series of excited rydberg states which play an important role in the mechanism for recombination. An additional concern is the fact that as yet no absolute demonstration of the predicted mechanisms for recombination has been performed. Many experimental measurements relating to recombination have been made. All however have either inherent uncertainties concerning the identity of initial and final excitation states or have been performed on systems where recombination can proceed through a variety of channels so that no individual one can be singled out.


Vibrational Level Potential Energy Curve Rydberg State Dissociative Recombination Dissociative Excitation 
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  1. 1.Dept. of Physics and Centre for Chemical PhysicsThe University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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