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Journal Articles Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters Year : 2023

Experimental H2O formation on carbonaceous dust grains attemperatures up to 85 K

Francois Dulieu
S. Baouche
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Abstract

Water represents the main component of the icy mantles on dust grains, it is of extreme importance for the formation of new species and it represents the main component for life. Water is observed both in the gas-phase and frozen in the interstellar medium (ISM), where the solid-phase formation route has been proven essential to explain abundances in molecular clouds. So far, experiments have focused on very low temperatures (around 10 K). We present the experimental evidence of solid water formation on coronene, PAH-like surface, for a higher range of temperatures. Water is efficiently formed up to 85 K through the interaction of oxygen and hydrogen atomic beams with a carbonaceous grain analogue. The beams are aimed towards the surface connected to a cryostat exploring temperatures from 10 to 100 K. The results are obtained with a QMS and analysed through a temperature-programmed desorption technique. We observe an efficient water formation on coronene from 10 up to 85 K mimicking the temperature conditions from the dense ISM to translucent regions, where the ice mantle onset is supposed to start. The results show the catalytic nature of coronene and the role of chemisorption processes. The formation of the icy mantles could be happening in less dense and warmer environments, helping explaining oxygen depletion in the ISM. The findings have several applications such as the disappearance of PAHs in translucent regions and the snowlines of protoplanetary discs. We stress on how JWST projects characterizing PAHs can be combined with H2O observations to study water formation at warm temperatures.
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hal-04381741 , version 1 (09-01-2024)

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Francesco Grieco, Francois Dulieu, Ilse De Looze, S. Baouche. Experimental H2O formation on carbonaceous dust grains attemperatures up to 85 K. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 2023, ⟨10.1093/mnras/stad3854⟩. ⟨hal-04381741⟩
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