Product distributions in the reactions of excited noble-gas atoms with halogen-containing compounds

John Balamuta, Michael F. Golde, Alfred Moyle, Jr.

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Abstract

The products of the reactions of electronically excited Ar( 3P0, 3P2), Kr(3P 2), and Xe(3P2) atoms with the chloromethanes, chlorofluoromethanes, CF3H, CF2HCl, CFHCl2, CF2Cl-CF2Cl, CF3-CCl3, and HCl have been investigated by the discharge-flow technique, using atomic resonance fluorescence to probe dissociation channels and emission spectroscopy. Energy transfer leading to cleavage of C-H or C-Cl bonds is extremely efficient, particularly in the reactions of Xe(3P2) with CF 2Cl2 and CFCl3 and of Ar(3P 0,2) with CFCl3, in which more than two Cl atoms are released per primary reactive event. The observation of contrasting behavior in the reactions of Xe(3P2) with CF3H and CF 4 has led to the discovery of a qualitative correlation between the rate constants, the products of the energy transfer process, and the accessibility of dissociative or ionizing states of the reagent molecule, as revealed by its vacuum UV absorption spectrum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3169-3178
Number of pages10
JournalThe Journal of chemical physics
Volume82
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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