We have developed an apparatus for investigating isomer-selected photodissociation reactions by ion mobility spectrometry coupled with time-of-flight mass spectrometry. By using this apparatus we optimized ion intensities under isomer-separation condition for carbon cluster ions. Among ions having linear and cyclic isomers, we demonstrated dissociation of isomer-selected C9 + ion at 355-nm photon irradiation. As a result we observed marked difference in the dissociation pathways between from linear isomer and from cyclic isomer. For the purpose of adopting this technique to metal-ligand cluster ions, we also investigated mobility spectrometry of vanadium metal ions with Ar, in addition to electronic state separation for free atomic ions.
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- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics