Problem 2.6

a) What is the reason for the release of kinetic energy during unimolecular dissociations?

b) Assume the peaks shown below to appear at comparable E/E0 values in different MIKE spectra. Sort them in the order the corresponding kinetic energy release (KER).

Different KERs

c) Which of these peaks can be expected to result from a homolytic bond cleavage or an ion-molecule complex-intermediated process?

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