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Employing soft X-rays in experimental Astrochemistry

Abstract

In this chapter we will discuss firstly about the origin and relevance of soft X-rays in astrophysics. The effect of ionizing radiation in organic molecules present in astrophysical environment. We will discuss the use soft X-rays at astrochemistry laboratory studies involving in both gas and solid-phase (ice). We will make a review covering our publications in this field, in particular, about the experiments employing time-of-flight spectroscopy (TOF-MS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and photon stimulated ion desorption PSID-TOF-MS. We will add several unpublished data. Finally we will discuss the implications of this research on the study of origin of life. (AU)

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