A mass spectrometric and quantum chemical study of the vaporisation of lead monoxide in a flow of gaseous arsenic and antimony trioxides
Mass spectrometric studies of the vapours over solid lead oxide in a flow of gaseous arsenic and antimony trioxides were conducted. The following ions of the ternary oxides were detected: Pb3As2O6+, Pb3AsO4+, PbAs2O4+, PbAsO2+, PbSb2O4+, and PbSbO2+. The origin of these species produced by the ionisation and/or fragmentation of ternary gaseous oxides is discussed. The PbAs2O4 species was undoubtedly identified by the determination of the appearance energy. Presumably, the Pb3As2O6 and PbSb2O4 species also existed in the gas phase. Thermodynamic data for the ternary oxides were obtained experimentally by means of a mass spectrometric Knudsen-cell method and were confirmed by quantum chemical calculations.