Interstellar H3+ and HCS+ ions produced in the dissociative photoionization process of CH3C(O)SCH3 in the proximity of the sulfur 2p, carbon 1s, and oxygen 1s edges.
ABSTRACT In this work we present a study of the dissociative photoionization of S-methyl thioacetate [CH(3)C(O)SCH(3)] by using multicoincidence time-of-flight mass spectrometry and synchrotron radiation in the S 2p, C 1s, and O 1s edges. Total and partial ion yield spectra together with photoelectron-photoion coincidence (PEPICO) and photoelectron-photoion-photoion coincidence (PEPIPICO) spectra were measured. Fragmentation patterns deduced from PEPICO and PEPIPICO spectra at the various excitation energies show a moderate site-specific fragmentation. The dissociation dynamic for the main ion-pair production is discussed. Two-, three-, and four-body dissociation channels have been observed in the PEPIPICO spectra, and the dissociation mechanisms are proposed. The interstellar HCS(+) and H(3)(+) ions can be observed during the synchrotron experiments reported in the present work.