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Experiment and Theory Elucidate the Pathways for H3+ Formation in the Ultrafast Double Ionization of Methanol
  • James Farrar
James Farrar
University of Rochester

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This Research Highlight provides context for the report of Gope et al. on experimental and computational probes of the decay of doubly-ionized methanol to H3+ and HCO+/COH+. The formation of the H3+ ionic product is shown to occur through the agency of a roaming H2 molecule generated from the carboxyl moiety that undergoes prompt proton transfer from the carbon atom, or, delayed proton transfer from the oxygen atom. This novel method for H3+ formation is contrasted with the conventional ion-molecule pathway, known for over a century, that forms the basis for interstellar molecule formation.
18 Oct 2021Submitted to Natural Sciences
19 Oct 2021Submission Checks Completed
19 Oct 2021Assigned to Editor
21 Oct 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
22 Oct 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
22 Oct 20211st Revision Received
25 Oct 2021Submission Checks Completed
25 Oct 2021Assigned to Editor
25 Oct 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
25 Oct 2021Editorial Decision: Accept
Jan 2022Published in Natural Sciences volume 2 issue 1. 10.1002/ntls.20210090