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Carbon monoxide entrapment in interstellar ice analogs

Collings, M.P. and Dever, J.W. and Fraser, H.J. and McCoustra, M.R.S. and Williams, D.A. (2003) Carbon monoxide entrapment in interstellar ice analogs. Astrophysical Journal, 583. pp. 1058-1062. ISSN 0004-637X

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Abstract

The adsorption and desorption of CO on and from amorphous H2O ice at astrophysically relevant temperatures has been studied using temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS). Solid CO is able to diffuse into the porous structure of H2O at temperatures as low as 15 K. When heated, a phase transition between two forms of amorphous H2O ice occurs over the 30-70 K temperature range, causing the partial collapse of pores and the entrapment of CO. Trapped CO is released during crystallization and desorption of the H2O film. This behavior may have a significant impact on both gas-phase and solid-phase chemistry in a variety of interstellar environments.