A study of the reaction of N + with O 2: Experimental quantification of NO + (a 3+ ) production (298-500 K) and computational study of the overall reaction pathways

Journal Article

The product branching ratios for NO +(X 1∑ +) and NO +(a 3∑ +) produced from the reaction of N + with O 2 have been measured at 298 and 500 K in a selected ion flow tube. Approximately 0.5% of the total products are in NO +(a) at both temperatures, despite the fact that the reaction to form NO +(a) is 0.3 eV exothermic. High-level ab initio calculations of the potential energy surfaces for the N + + O 2 reaction show that the reaction from N +( 3P) + O 2( 3∑ g) reactants starts with an efficient early stage charge transfer to the N( 2D) + O 2+(X 2∏) channel, which gives rise to the O 2+(X 2∏) product and, at the same time, serves as the starting point for all of the reaction channels leading to NO + and O + products. Pathways to produce NO +(a 3∑ +) are found to be less favorable than pathways leading to the major product NO +(X 1∑ +). Production of N( 2D) has implications for the concentration of NO in the mesosphere. © 2006 American Chemical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Midey, AJ; Viggiano, AA; Zhang, P; Irle, S; Morokuma, K

Published Date

  • March 9, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 110 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 3080 - 3086

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1089-5639

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/jp054376g

Citation Source

  • Scopus