Vacuum ultraviolet photoionization cross section of the hydroxyl radical

L.G. Dodson, J.D. Savee, S. Gozem, L. Shen, A.I. Krylov, C.A. Taatjes, D.L. Osborn, and M. Okumura
J. Chem. Phys., submitted (2018)

The absolute photoionization spectrum of the hydroxyl radical (OH) from 12.513 to 14.213 eV was measured by multiplexed photoionization mass spectrometry with time-resolved radical kinetics. Tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) synchrotron radiation was generated at the Advanced Light Source. OH radicals were generated from the reaction of O(1D) + H2O in a flow reactor in He at 8 Torr. The initial O(1D) concentration, where the atom was formed by pulsed laser photolysis of ozone, was determined from the measured depletion of a known concentration of ozone. Concentrations of OH and O(3P) were obtained by fitting observed time traces with a kinetics model constructed with literature rate coefficients. The absolute cross section of OH was determined to be sigma(13.436 eV) = 3.2+/-1.0 Mb and sigma(14.193 eV) = 4.7+/-1.6 Mb relative to the known cross section for O(3P) at 14.193 eV. The absolute photoionization spectrum was obtained by recording a spectrum at a resolution of 8 meV (50 meV steps) and scaling to the single-energy cross sections. We computed the absolute VUV photoionization spectrum of OH and O(3P) using equation-of-motion coupled-cluster Dyson orbitals and a Coulomb photoelectron wave function and found good agreement with the observed absolute photoionization spectra.

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