Energy Redistribution following CO2 Formation on Cold Amorphous Solid Water

Upadhyay, Meenu and Meuwly, Markus. (2021) Energy Redistribution following CO2 Formation on Cold Amorphous Solid Water. Frontiers in Chemistry, 9. p. 827085.

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The formation of molecules in and on amorphous solid water (ASW) as it occurs in interstellar space releases appreciable amounts of energy that need to be dissipated to the environment. Here, energy transfer between CO2 formed within and on the surface of amorphous solid water (ASW) and the surrounding water is studied. Following CO(1Σ+) + O(1D) recombination the average translational and internal energy of the water molecules increases on the ∼10 ps time scale by 15–25% depending on whether the reaction takes place on the surface or in an internal cavity of ASW. Due to tight coupling between CO2 and the surrounding water molecules the internal energy exhibits a peak at early times which is present for recombination on the surface but absent for the process inside ASW. Energy transfer to the water molecules is characterized by a rapid ∼10 ps and a considerably slower ∼1 ns component. Within 50 ps a mostly uniform temperature increase of the ASW across the entire surface is found. The results suggest that energy transfer between a molecule formed on and within ASW is efficient and helps to stabilize the reaction products generated.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Physikalische Chemie (Meuwly)
UniBasel Contributors:Meuwly, Markus
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
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