Gas phase reactive collisions, experimental approach
Institut de Physique de Rennes, UMR 6251 CNRS-Université, Équipe Astrochimie Expérimentale, Bât. 11 C, Campus de Beaulieu, Université de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France
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Since 1937 when the first molecule in space has been identified, more than 150 molecules have been detected. Understanding the fate of these molecules requires having a perfect view of their photochemistry and reactivity with other partners. It is then crucial to identify the main processes that will produce and destroy them. In this chapter, a general view of experimental techniques able to deliver gas phase chemical kinetics data at low and very low temperatures will be presented. These techniques apply to the study of reactions between neutral reactants on the one hand and reactions involving charge species on the other hand.
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