AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF THE DEIONIZATION OF NO(+).
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO PHILADELPHIA PA MISSILE AND SPACE DIV
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An experimental study of the deionization of NO was carried out. The ion were formed by a Penning effect collision between metastable argon atoms and NO molecules. The process was efficient. The deionization process was a combination of the dissociative recombination NO e yields N O and the mutual neutralization NO NO2- yields NO NO2, the NO2- being formed by a three-step process -- Penning dissociation of NO, 3-body formation of NO2 from O and NO, and 3-body attachment to NO2. If all the deionization were due to the NO e reaction the rate constant found would be 2 x 10 to the -7 .5 power. Reasonable assumptions allow a crude estimate of the NO NO2- rate constant of 2 x 10 to the -8 1 power. Author