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Mass Spectrometric Observation of Doubly Charged Alkaline-Earth Argon Ions

TitleMass Spectrometric Observation of Doubly Charged Alkaline-Earth Argon Ions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHattendorf, B, Gusmini, B, Dorta, L, Houk, RS, Gunther, D
Date Published09
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1439-4235
Accession NumberWOS:000383593900003
Keywordsalkaline earth metals, chemistry, dissociation, extraction, gas-phase, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, inductively-coupled plasma, isotope ratio measurements, Mass spectrometry, mc-icp-ms, molecular ions, noble gases, physics, polyatomic ions, precision, resolution, temperature

Doubly charged diatomic ions MAr2+ where M=Mg, Ca, Sr or Ba have been observed by mass spectrometry with an inductively coupled plasma ion source. Abundance ratios are quite high, 0.1% for MgAr2+, 0.4% for CaAr2+, 0.2% for SrAr2+ and 0.1% for BaAr2+ relative to the corresponding doubly charged atomic ions M2+. It is assumed that these molecular ions are formed through reactions of the doubly charged metal ions with neutral argon atoms within the ion source. Bond dissociation energies (D-0) were calculated and agree well with previously published values. The abundance ratios MAr+/M+ and MAr2+/M2+ generally follow the predicted bond dissociation energies with the exception of MgAr2+. Mg2+ should form the strongest bond with Ar [D-0 (MgAr2+)=124 to 130kJmol(-1)] but its relative abundance is similar to that of the weakest bound BaAr2+ (D-0=34 to 42kJmol(-1)). The relative abundances of the various MAr2+ ions are higher than those expected from an argon plasma at T=6000K, indicating that collisions during ion extraction reduce the abundance of the MAr2+ ions relative to the composition in the source. The corresponding singly charged MAr+ ions are also observed but occur at about three orders of magnitude lower intensity than MAr2+.

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Short TitleChemPhysChem
Alternate JournalChemPhysChem