Photoionization efficiency spectrum and ionization energy of C2H5SO

Bing Ming Cheng*, Wen Ching Hung, Wei Chen Chen, Chin Hui Yu, Yuan-Pern Lee

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The photoionization efficiency (PIE) spectrum of C2H5SO was measured in the spectral range 110-150 nm by means of a photoionization mass spectrometer coupled to a synchrotron radiation source. C2H5SO radicals were generated by reacting O atoms with C2H5SC2H5 or C2H5SSC2H5 in a discharge flow tube. The ionization energy of C2H5SO was determined to be (8.71±0.02) eV, in agreement with theoretical calculations of 8.8 eV for ionization from C2H5SO to singlet C2H5SO + using the G2 method. PIE spectrum also shows a sharp increase at 10.0 eV, corresponding to the ionization energy from C2H5SO to triplet C2H5SO + predicted by theory. Theoretical calculations also predict two stable conformers with similar energies for each of C2H5SO, singlet C2H5SO +, and triplet C2H5SO +, respectively; these conformers are indistinguishable in our experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8794-8799
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1997

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