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Ion irradiation of pure and amorphous CH4 ice relevant for astrophysical environments

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Vasconcelos, F. A. ; Pilling, S. ; Rocha, W. R. M. ; Rothard, H. ; Boduch, P. ; Ding, J. J.
Total Authors: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; v. 19, n. 20, p. 12845-12856, MAY 28 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 13

This work presents a physicochemical study of frozen amorphous methane (at 16 K) under bombardment by medium-mass ions (15.7 MeV O-16(5+)) with implications for icy bodies in the outer Solar System exposed to the action of cosmic rays and energetic particles. The experiment was performed at the Grand Accelerateur National d'Ions Lourds (GANIL) located in Caen, France. The results demonstrate that irradiation of CH4-containing ices by swift medium mass ions with delivered energy covering both stopping power regimes until its implantation on ice (i.e. electronic and nuclear) leads to the production of many hydrocarbons, such as C2H2, C2H4, C2H6, and C3H8 (the most abundant daughter species produced). Values for the effective dissociation cross section of CH4 and the average value for the effective formation cross-sections of its daughter species were about 10(-14) cm(2) and 10(-15) cm(2), respectively. The half-life of methane ice in the presence of swift medium mass ions extrapolated to some outer Solar System environments is estimated to be around 10(6) years. The measured sputtering yield of methane due to incoming swift ions was about 7.30 x 105 molecules per impact. Such parameters can be used as models to estimate the amount of CH4 and other molecular species desorbed from the icy surfaces that are constantly being incorporated to the gaseous atmosphere in the vicinity of these outer Solar System bodies due to the presence of energetic particles and cosmic rays. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/10492-3 - Study about the chemical evolution of astrophysical ices in the vicinity of young stellar objects employing experimental data in the infrared and computational modeling codes
Grantee:Will Robson Monteiro Rocha
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 09/18304-0 - Synthesis and degradation of prebiotic molecular species at planetary atmospheres, comets and interstellar ice analogs
Grantee:Sergio Pilling Guapyassu de Oliveira
Support type: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
FAPESP's process: 13/07657-5 - Computational modeling of circumstellar environment of protostars by employing data of bombarded ices with cosmic rays simulated in laboratory
Grantee:Will Robson Monteiro Rocha
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate