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 Dissociative Recombination

  • Steven CharnleyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-11274-4_496


Electron dissociative recombination is the chemical process whereby an electron reacts with a positive molecular ion to produce two neutral species. Examples include electron recombination with H3O+ to produce OH and 2H. This is a very important process in gas phase interstellar chemistry.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Solar System Exploration Division, Code 691 Astrochemistry LaboratoryNASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 699GreenbeltUSA