Electronic spectra of ions of astrochemical interest: from fast overview spectra to high resolution
The Royal Society of Chemistry
SourceFaraday Discussions, 217, 0, (2019), pp. 98-113
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Spectroscopy and Catalysis
SubjectSpectroscopy and Catalysis
The combination of cryogenic ion traps with suitable light sources and standard tools of mass spectrometry has led to many innovative applications in previous years. This paper presents the combination of our versatile instrument with a supercontinuum laser for the rapid identification of ions that might be of special interest, e.g. as candidates for diffuse interstellar bands carriers. Using a linear wire quadrupole ion trap at 3 K, routine He-tagging, long irradiation times, and the brilliance and wide spectral range of a crystal fiber laser, mass selected ions have been exposed to spectral fluencies larger than 10 mJ (nm cm2)−1. These conditions result in an unsurpassed sensitivity, allowing us to find out within a few minutes and with nm accuracy, where photo absorption occurs with cross sections above 10−18 cm2. In this contribution, we present a variety of ions, probed between 420 and 720 nm. They have been generated by electron- or electrospray ionization of (polycyclic) aromatic hydrocarbons. For selected candidates, we recorded spectra with higher resolution and in the IR range. The anthracene dication has been selected to present a detailed analysis of our new results.
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