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Organic chemistry of NH3 and HCN induced by an atmospheric abnormal glow discharge in N2-CH4 mixtures

Horvath, G.; Krcma, F.; Polachova, L.; Klohnova, K.; Mason, N. J.; Zahoran, M. and Matejcik, S. (2011). Organic chemistry of NH3 and HCN induced by an atmospheric abnormal glow discharge in N2-CH4 mixtures. The European Physical Journal - Applied Physics, 53(11001)

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Abstract

The formation of the chemical products produced in an atmospheric glow discharge fed by a N2-CH4 gas mixture has been studied using Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) and Optical Emission Spectrometry (OES). The measurements were carried out in a flowing regime at ambient temperature and pressure with CH4 concentrations ranging from 0.5% to 2%. In the recorded emission spectra the lines of the second positive system CN system and the first negative system of N2 were found to be the most intensive but atomic Hα, Hβ, and C (247 nm) lines were also observed. FTIR-measurements revealed HCN and NH3 to be the major products of the plasma with traces of C2H2. These same molecules have been detected in Titan's atmosphere and the present experiments may provide some novel insights into the chemical and physical mechanisms prevalent in Titan's atmosphere with these smaller species believed to be the precursors of heavier organic species in Titan's atmosphere and on its surface.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 EDP Sciences
ISSN: 1286-0050
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
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Item ID: 26191
Depositing User: Astrid Peterkin
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011 15:59
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2014 11:33
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/26191
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