Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, Ricardo Amils, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Henderson James (Jim) CleavesII, William M. Irvine, Daniele L. Pinti, Michel Viso

Electron Attachment

  • Steven CharnleyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-11274-4_495


Electron attachment is the chemical process whereby an electron is attached to a neutral molecule. Examples include electron photo-attachment to CN to produce CN and a photon, and dissociative electron attachment to HCN to produce CN and a hydrogen atom.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 699Solar System Exploration Division, Code 691 Astrochemistry LaboratoryGreenbeltUSA