Date of Award

1990

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Physics

First Advisor

McConkey, J. W.,

Keywords

Physics, Molecular.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

An electron-impact excited jet-cooled molecular beam was probed by a tunable dye laser system allowing elucidation of the electron-impact ionization and dissociation processes. This technique has been applied to the study of the rotational ground state and excited state populations of electron-impact excited N$\sb2\sp{+}$. Following electron-impact dissociation of acetonitrile, water and methanol similar measurements have been performed on the rotational populations of CN(X) and OH(X). We also present results for the absolute cross section for the electron-impact formation of CN(X) from CH$\sb3$CN. Measurements have also been performed on the relative cross section for the electron impact dissociation of OH(X) from H$\sb2$O and CH$\sb3$OH. We have demonstrated the feasibility of the technique and discuss several possible future avenues of research.Dept. of Physics. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .D377. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 53-01, Section: B, page: 0352. Chairman: J. W. McConkey. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.

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