New protocols for structural determination

The study of molecular ions is done using different techniques. In some cases with completely new experimental setups as the DESIREE (Double ElectroStatic Ion Ring ExpEriment) in Stockholm and in some others new insight are obtained by the studying the same problem using different techniques (as synchrotron radiation and ion collisions).

Some of the best European facilities to study molecules and molecular cations are used in the network to study their fragmentation. Fragments are measured in multicoincidence detectors allowing to extract information about their reactivity and structure. Many of this experiments are done using large european facilities as Elettra, Soleil synchrotron, GANIL, MAX-Lab…

Collaboration between experimental and theoretical groups is also crucial for the correct interpretation of the results and to open up previously unexplored research avenues. Examples of crossed collaboration among groups are given in some of the STSMs performed up to now.

– Study of the same system with different techniques

– Experiments have been performed, at the DESIRS beamline of the Soleil Synchrotron, with a multipole QOOQ mass spectrometer set-up, that is optimized to study ion-molecule reactions as a function of the collision energy.

– Interpretation of PEPIPICO measurements using theoretical methods.

All the expertise gained has been collected in a final publication. A special issue that is about to be published in the PCCP Journal.