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Mass spectrometry (fragmentation ratios) of DNA base molecules following 80 keV proton impact with separation of direct ionization and electron capture processes

Abstract : The first fragmentation ratios are presented for the ionization and dissociative ionization of gas-phase DNA bases following 80 keV (1.8 v0) proton impact. Event-by-event determination of the projectile charge state after collision enables also to distinguish the relative contributions of electron capture (EC) by the projectile from direct ionization (DI) of the target molecule (without projectile neutralization) thus yielding branching rations for these two different ionization processes. Results have been compared with recent similar experiments on uracil [Tabet et al. unpublished] and water [Gobet et al. Phys. Rev. A 70 (2004) 062716]. Although in all cases both processes (EC and DI) produced the same fragment ion groups in the mass spectra, fragmentation is for EC larger than for DI. Moreover the fragmentation ratio for dissociative ionization was observed to be for thymine larger than for adenine, cytosine, and uracil.
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J. Tabet, S. Eden, S. Feil, H. Abdoul-Carime, B. Farizon, et al.. Mass spectrometry (fragmentation ratios) of DNA base molecules following 80 keV proton impact with separation of direct ionization and electron capture processes. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Elsevier, 2010, 292, pp.53-63. ⟨10.1016/j.ijms.2010.03.002⟩. ⟨in2p3-00420084⟩

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