We have studied the production of ArN+ starting from the two symmetric charge-state reactants Ar++N2  and N2++Ar. For both reactions we measured the total cross sections as a function of the relative energy, in the energy range from 5 to 45 eV. Estimates of the reaction thresholds and symmetry considerations suggest that the reaction Ar++N2 produces ArN+ essentially in its first excited state A 3Π, while the reaction N2++Ar produces ground state ArN+ ions. This fact explains the discrepancies between different estimates of the dissociation energy of ArN+ obtained in previous studies.

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