Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Without an Electron

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Science  16 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5546, pp. 1474-1475
DOI: 10.1126/science.1065710

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In dissociative recombination, an electron captured by a molecular ion causes the ion to fragment. In his Perspective, Guberman charts recent progress toward understanding the mechanism underlying these reactions, which play an important role in astronomy and in planetary ionospheres.