Vacuum ultraviolet photoabsorption of prime ice analogues of Pluto and Charon

Pavithraa, S; Lo, J-I; Rahul, K; Raja Sekhar, B N; Cheng, B-M; Mason, Nigel J and Sivaraman, B (2018). Vacuum ultraviolet photoabsorption of prime ice analogues of Pluto and Charon. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 190 pp. 172–176.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.saa.2017.08.060

Abstract

Here we present the first Vacuum UltraViolet (VUV) photoabsorption spectra of ice analogues of Pluto and Charon ice mixtures. For Pluto the ice analogue is an icy mixture containing nitrogen (N2), carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH4) and water (H2O) prepared with a 100:1:1:3 ratio, respectively. Photoabsorption of icy mixtures with and without H2O were recorded and no significant changes in the spectra due to presence of H2O were observed. For Charon a VUV photoabsorption spectra of an ice analogue containing ammonia (NH3) and H2O prepared with a 1:1 ratio was recorded, a spectrum of ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH) was also recorded. These spectra may help to interpret the P-Alice data from New Horizons.

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