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Low-energy electron attachment to SF₆ molecules: Vibrational structure in the cross-section for SF₆⁻ formation up to 1 eV

Braun, M. ; Ruf, M.-W. ; Hotop, Hartmut ; Allan, Michael

In: Chemical Physics Letters, 2006, vol. 419, p. 517–522

In high resolution electron attachment to SF₆, cusp structure due to interchannel coupling has been observed in the cross-section for SF₅⁻ formation at the thresholds for vibrational excitation of the SF₆(v₁) mode up to v₁ = 10. It is superimposed on the broad band peaking around 0.55 eV which has been previously attributed to attachment into a repulsive potential... More

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    Summary
    In high resolution electron attachment to SF₆, cusp structure due to interchannel coupling has been observed in the cross-section for SF₅⁻ formation at the thresholds for vibrational excitation of the SF₆(v₁) mode up to v₁ = 10. It is superimposed on the broad band peaking around 0.55 eV which has been previously attributed to attachment into a repulsive potential surface and subsequent direct dissociation. The newly observed vibrational structure as well as electron energy loss spectra (which exhibit strong excitation of the v₁ mode up to high quantum numbers) indicate, however, that both the channel yielding the long-lived SF₆⁻ anions and the dissociative SF₅⁻ + F channel have a common primary attachment process, mediated by the same SF₆⁻ scattering state and strongly coupled to the process of vibrational excitation.