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The highly exoergic nucleophilic substitution reaction F(-) + CH3I shows reaction dynamics strikingly different from that of substitution reactions of larger halogen anions. Over a wide range of collision energies, a large fraction of indirect scattering via a long-lived hydrogen-bonded complex is found both in crossed-beam imaging experiments and in direct(More)
We present a novel chemical database for gas-phase astrochemistry. Named the KInetic Database for Astrochemistry (KIDA), this database consists of gas-phase reactions with rate coefficients and uncertainties that will be vetted to the greatest extent possible. Submissions of measured and calculated rate coefficients are welcome, and will be studied by(More)
We present the first observation of ultracold LiCs molecules. The molecules are formed in a two-species magneto-optical trap and detected by two-photon ionization and time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The production rate coefficient is found to be in the range 10 −18 cm 3 s −1 to 10 −16 cm 3 s −1 , at least an order of magnitude smaller than for other(More)
We recently reported the formation of ultracold LiCs molecules in the rovibrational ground state X1sigma+, v" = 0,J" = 0 (J. Deiglmayr et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 2008, 101, 133004). Here we discuss details of the experimental setup and present a thorough analysis of the photoassociation step including the photoassociation line shape. We predict the(More)
The proton transfer reaction H 3 + + CO is one of the cornerstone chemical processes in the interstellar medium. Here, the dynamics of this reaction have been investigated using crossed beam velocity map imaging. Formyl product cations are found to be predominantly scattered into the forward direction irrespective of the collision energy. In this process, a(More)
The existence of NCO(-) anions in the interstellar medium (ISM) has been suggested and searched for over the years but without any formal definitive sighting of that molecule. We discuss in this work the possible formation of either NCO(-) directly or of NCO neutral as a precursor to NCO(-) formation by electron attachment. We follow simple, gas-phase(More)
Ion-molecule reactions of the type X(-) + CH3Y are commonly assumed to produce Y(-) through bimolecular nucleophilic substitution (SN2). Beyond this reaction, additional reaction products have been observed throughout the last decades and have been ascribed to different entrance channel geometries differing from the commonly assumed collinear approach. We(More)
Photodetachment spectroscopy of OH(-) and H(3)O(2)(-) anions has been performed in a cryogenic 22-pole radiofrequency multipole trap. Measurements of the detachment cross section as a function of laser frequency near threshold have been analysed. Using this bound-free spectroscopy approach we could demonstrate rotational and vibrational cooling of the(More)