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Transfer of a proton between H2 and O2.
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PMID:  23028152     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
The proton affinities of hydrogen and oxygen are very similar. Therefore, it has been discussed that the proton transfer from the omnipresent H(3)(+) to molecular oxygen in the near thermoneutral reaction H(3)(+) + O(2) <--> O(2)H(+) + H(2) effectively binds the interstellar oxygen in O(2)H(+). In this work, the proton transfer reaction has been investigated in a low-temperature 22-pole ion trap from almost room temperature (280 K) down to the lowest possible temperature limited by freeze out of oxygen gas (about 40 K at a low pressure). The Arrhenius behaviour of the rate coefficient for the forward reaction shows that it is subject to an activation energy of E(A)/k=113 K. Thus, the forward reaction can proceed only in higher temperature molecular clouds. Applying laser-induced reactions to the given reaction (in the backward direction), a preliminary search for spectroscopic signatures of O(2)H(+) in the infrared was unsuccessful, whereas the forward reaction has been successfully used to probe the population of the lowest ortho and para levels of H(3)(+).
Lars Kluge; Sabrina Gärtner; Sandra Brünken; Oskar Asvany; Dieter Gerlich; Stephan Schlemmer
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Type:  Journal Article    
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Title:  Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences     Volume:  370     ISSN:  1364-503X     ISO Abbreviation:  Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  2012-11-13     Revised Date:  2013-04-24    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101133385     Medline TA:  Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5041-54     Citation Subset:  -    
I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, Zülpicher Strasse 77, 50937 Köln, Germany.
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