Absolute cross sections for dissociative electron attachment to HCCCN

T. D. Gilmore, T. A. Field

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New absolute cross sections for dissociative electron attachment to HCCCN (cyanoacetylene or propiolonitrile) in the range of 0-10 eV electron energy are presented here, which have been determined from a new analysis of previously reported data (Graupner et al 2006 New J. Phys. 8 117). The highest cross sections are observed for the formation of CN- at 5.3 eV and CCCN- at 5.1 eV; approximately 0.06 Å2 and 0.05 Å2 respectively. As part of the re-analysis, it was necessary to determine absolute cross sections for electron-impact ionization of HCCCN with the binary-encounter Bethe method. These electron-impact ionization absolute cross sections for HCCCN are also presented here; the maximum value was found to be ∼6.6 Å2 at ∼80 eV.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035201
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2015


  • absolute cross sections
  • BEB electron impact ionization cross section
  • cyanoacetylene
  • dissociative electron attachment
  • propiolonitrile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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