Electron-Transfer from H-2 and Ar to Stored Multiply Charged Argon Ions Produced by Synchrotron Radiation
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The rate coefficients for electron transfer from Ar and H-2 to Ar(q+) ions (3 less-than-or-equal-to q less-than-or-equal-to 6) have been measured using an ion-storage technique in a Penning ion trap. The ions were produced in the trap by K-shell photoionization of Ar atoms, using broadband synchrotron x-ray radiation. K-electron removal resulted in vacancy cascading, yielding a distribution of argon-ion charge states peaked near Ar4+. The stored ion gas had an initial temperature near 480 K. The basic data determining the rate coefficients k(Ar(q+)) are the storage time constants of each charge state in the trap, in the presence of a measured pressure of target gas. The results of the measurements (in units of 10(-9) cm3 s-1) are k(Ar3+, H-2) = 4.3(0.7), k(Ar3+, Ar) = 1.6(0.2), k(Ar4+, H-2) = 5.2(0.6), k(Ar4+, Ar) = 2.5(0.3), k(Ar5+, H-2) = 5.9(0.7), k(Ar5+, Ar) = 2.9(0.3), k(Ar6+, H-2) = 8.5(l.2), and k(Ar6+, Ar) = 2.5(0.3).