Determination of absolute photoionization cross-sections of nitrogenous compounds

Mingfeng Xie, Zhongyue Zhou, Zhandong Wang, Dongna Chen, Fei Qi*

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The absolute photoionization cross-sections of 24 nitrogenous compounds were measured in the photon energy range from their respective ionization thresholds to 11.5 eV, including n-propylamine, iso-propylamine, n-butylamine, 2-butylamine, iso-butylamine, tert-butylamine, diethylamine, dibutylamine, triethylamine, aniline, benzylamine, n-methylaniline, cyclohexanamine, nitromethane, nitroethane, nitropropane, nitrobenzene, pyrrole, pyridine, pyrrolidine, morpholine, N,N-dimethylethanolamine, benzonitrile and benzeneacetonitrile. The experiments were performed by photoionization mass spectrometry with tunable synchrotron vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) light as an ionization source. Binary-liquid-mixtures of investigated and standard species were used in this measurement. As a good solvent, benzene was chosen as a calibration standard, since its photoionization cross-section had been well know. Moreover, photodissociative fragments were also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-146
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Mass Spectrometry
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Absolute photoionization cross-sections
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Nitrogenous compounds
  • VUV photoionization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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