Systematic investigation of CO2 : NH3 ice mixtures using mid-IR and VUV spectroscopy – part 1: thermal processing

James, Rachel L.; Ioppolo, Sergio; Hoffmann, Søren V.; Jones, Nykola C.; Mason, Nigel J. and Dawes, Anita (2020). Systematic investigation of CO2 : NH3 ice mixtures using mid-IR and VUV spectroscopy – part 1: thermal processing. RSC Advances, 10(61) pp. 37515–37528.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/D0RA05826B

Abstract

The adjustment of experimental parameters in interstellar ice analogues can have profound effects on molecular synthesis within an ice system. We demonstrated this by systematically investigating the stoichiometric mixing ratios of CO2 : NH3 ices as a function of thermal processing using mid-IR and VUV spectroscopy. We observed that the type of CO2 bonding environment was dependent on the different stoichiometric mixing ratios and that this pre-determined the NH3 crystallite structure after phase change. The thermal reactivity of the ices was linked to the different chemical and physical properties of the stoichiometric ratios. Our results provide new details into the chemical and physical properties of the different stoichiometric CO2 : NH3 ices enhancing our understanding of the thermally induced molecular synthesis within this ice system.

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