Metastable dissociation of anions formed by electron attachment

F. Zappa, M. Beikircher, A. Mauracher, S. Denifl, M. Probst, N. Injan, J. Limtrakul, A. Bacher, O. Echt, T.D. Maerk, P. Scheier, Thomas Field, Karola Graupner

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A comprehensive analysis of metastable dissociation of 2, 4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) parent anions formed by attachment of electrons of controlled energy is presented. We characterize the energy dependence and kinetic energy release of the reaction which competes with autodetachment. A surprising finding is a highly exothermic metastable reaction triggered by the attachment of thermal electrons which we relate to the well-known electrostatic ignition hazards of DNT and other explosives. Quantum chemical calculations are performed for dinitrobenzene in order to elucidate the process of NO abstraction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-611
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Early online date19 Feb 2008
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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