Quantification of UV stimulated ice chemistry : CO and CO2
- Arakelian, T.
- Oct 1, 1991.
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- Hanner, M. S. and Anicich, V. G.
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- Recent laboratory experiments are presented that show that during photolysis of the pure ices there is evidence of the interconversion of CO to CO2 and CO2 to CO using Lyman alpha (1216A) radiation. In addition, there is a substantial amount of another substance being produced. This substance is evident by its infrared absorption peak at 2235 cm(-1). It is believed that this new peak is due to carbon suboxide, C3O2. CO and CO2 have already been detected in comets, and C3O2 has been suggested as a cometary from radiation of CO. Comparisons are made between our results at 1215A and proton radiation experiments and radiation at other wavelengths. The suggestion is that the processing of ices is energy dependent, i.e., dependent on the type of radiation. Several difficult problems have to be solved before these radiation conversions can be quantified. The steps that we are taking to quantify the kinetics are discussed.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19920004375.
Accession ID: 92N13593.
NASA, Washington, Fourth Symposium on Chemical Evolution and the Origin and Evolution of Life; p 19.
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