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Imaging the Collision Energy-Dependent Charge-Transfer Dynamics between the Spin–Orbit Ground Ar+(2P3/2) Ion and CO

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posted on 2024-05-31, 13:04 authored by Yufan Ding, Min Cheng, Hong Gao
The collisional charge-transfer reaction between Ar+(2P3/2,1/2) and CO represents one of the most studied ion–molecule systems; many controversies persist among different studies, and the detailed quantum state-to-state charge-transfer dynamics remains unknown. Here, differential cross sections of the charge-transfer process between the spin–orbit ground Ar+(2P3/2) ion and CO are reported at three center-of-mass collision energies of 1.02, 0.72, and 0.40 eV using a home-built three-dimensional velocity-map imaging-based ion–molecule crossed beam setup. At all three collision energies, the direct energy resonant charge-transfer mechanism dominates the reaction, featuring predominantly forward scattering with the CO+ product population peaking at the v′ = 6 and v′ = 7 vibrational levels. Only at the lowest collision energy of 0.40 eV is the significant backward peaked scattering product observed, with CO+ populated from v′ = 4 to v′ = 8. There is no obvious evidence for the formation of CO+ in excited electronic state A2Π+, in qualitative accord with previous theoretical predictions.