Photon- and electron-stimulated desorption from laboratory models of interstellar ice grains

Thrower, J. D.; Abdulgalil, A. G. M.; Collings, M. P.; McCoustra, M. R. S.; Burke, D. J.; Brown, W. A.; Dawes, A.; Holtom, P. J.; Kendall, P.; Mason, N. J.; Jamme, F.; Fraser, H. J. and Rutten, F. J. M. (2010). Photon- and electron-stimulated desorption from laboratory models of interstellar ice grains. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A, 28(4) pp. 799–806.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1116/1.3336466

Abstract

The nonthermal desorption of water from ice films induced by photon and low energy electron irradiation has been studied under conditions mimicking those found in dense interstellar clouds. Water desorption following photon irradiation at 250 nm relies on the presence of an absorbing species within the H2O ice, in this case benzene. Desorption cross sections are obtained and used toderive first order rate coefficients for the desorption processes. Kinetic modeling has been used to compare the efficiencies of these desorption mechanisms with others known to be in operation in dense clouds.

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