Communication: Vacuum ultraviolet photoabsorption of interstellar icy thiols

Bhuin, Radha Gobinda; Sivaraman, Bhalamurugan; Lo, Jen-Iu; Sekhar, B. N. Raja; Cheng, Bing-Ming; Pradeep, Thalappil and Mason, Nigel John (2014). Communication: Vacuum ultraviolet photoabsorption of interstellar icy thiols. Journal of Chemical Physics, 141(23), article no. 231101.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4903840

Abstract

Following the recent identification of ethanethiol in the interstellar medium (ISM) we have carried out Vacuum UltraViolet (VUV) spectroscopy studies of ethanethiol (CH3CH2SH) from 10 K until sublimation in an ultrahigh vacuum chamber simulating astrochemical conditions. These results are compared with those of methanethiol (CH3SH), the lower order thiol also reported to be present in the ISM. VUV spectra recorded at higher temperature reveal conformational changes in the ice and phase transitions whilst evidence for dimer production is also presented.

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