The Photolysis of Aromatic Hydrocarbons Adsorbed on the Surfaces of Cosmic Dust Grains

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
August 13, 2019
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The Photolysis of Aromatic Hydrocarbons Adsorbed on the Surfaces of Cosmic Dust Grains
Cosmic Dust Particle

The work is devoted to the adaptation of the results of laboratory studies of the laser-induced dissociation of molecules of benzene adsorbed on a quartz substrate to the conditions of the interstellar medium.

Adsorption was performed under conditions of low temperature and deep vacuum. The difference between the photolysis of adsorbed molecules and molecules in the gas phase is identified.

Significance of process of photolytic desorption in the interstellar conditions is analyzed, in particular, in the conditions of photodissociation regions. It is shown that the efficiency and dissociation channels of photolysis of adsorbed and gas phase benzene differ substantially. It is concluded that the photolysis of aromatic hydrocarbons adsorbed on the interstellar dust grains contributes a negligible fraction to the abundance of small hydrocarbons in the interstellar medium.

M.S. Murga, V.N. Varakin, A. V. Stolyarov, D. S. Wiebe
(Submitted on 12 Aug 2019)

Comments: The original paper is published in Astronomy Reports. The paper includes 17 pages, 3 figures
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA); Chemical Physics (physics.chem-ph)
Journal reference: Astronomy Reports, 2019, vol. 63, N 8, pp. 633-641
DOI: 10.1134/S1063772919080043
Cite as: arXiv:1908.04356 [astro-ph.GA] (or arXiv:1908.04356v1 [astro-ph.GA] for this version)
Submission history
From: Maria Murga Mrs
[v1] Mon, 12 Aug 2019 19:47:54 UTC (212 KB)
Astrobiology, Astrochemistry

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