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Negative Ion Formation in the Atomic Oxygen – Acetylene Reaction

Nature volume 204, page 679 (14 November 1964) | Download Citation

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PREVIOUSLY1,2 we have reported on the production of positive chemi-ions in low-pressure atomic oxygen–acetylene reactions. Now we have also observed large concentrations (estimated as 1011–1012 c.c.−1) of negative ions in this system and have concluded that they are formed predominantly by electron attachment processes. This medium thus offers a much-needed new opportunity for the examination of electron attachment and charge transfer phenomena and the reactions of negative ions with positive ions and neutral species. Both the ‘natural’ ions of the reaction environment and those ions formed in the presence of additives can be investigated.

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    • WILLIAM J. MILLER
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