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Ionization of Dichloromethane by a Vacuum Ultraviolet Krypton Lamp: Competition Between Photoinduced Ion-Pair and Photodissociation-Assisted Photoionization

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posted on 2023-02-20, 20:37 authored by Yi Yu, Jichun Jiang, Lei Hua, Chuang Chen, Yiqian Xu, Ping Chen, Weiguo Wang, Yi Chen, Zhigang Fan, Haiyang Li
The photodissociation and photoionization behaviors of haloalkanes in the VUV regime are important to fully understand the mechanism of ozone depletion in the stratosphere. The ionization of dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) under the irradiation of 10.0 and 10.6 eV light was investigated. CH2Cl+ was observed at 10 Pa, while both CH2Cl+ and CHCl2+ were observed at higher pressure. The production efficiency of CH2Cl+ decreased with the increasing number density of CH2Cl2, while that of CHCl2+ increased. A kinetic model was successfully derived to quantitatively describe the variation trends of CH2Cl+ and CHCl2+, in which the competition between photoinduced ion-pair and photodissociation-assisted photoionization (PD-PI) were included. The ion-pair channel was quenched efficiently at higher pressure or concentration, which reduced its contribution. Our study proposed new insights into the complicated photoexcitation behaviors of CH2Cl2 in the VUV regime and revealed the important role of photodissociation in photoionization at low photon flux.