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Electron induced chemistry: A new frontier in astrochemistry

Mason, Nigel, Nair, B., Jheeta, S., Szymańska, E. (2014) Electron induced chemistry: A new frontier in astrochemistry. Faraday Discussions, 168 . pp. 235-247. ISSN 1359-6640. (doi:10.1039/c4fd00004h) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:74708)

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Abstract

The commissioning of the ALMA array and the next generation of space telescopes heralds the dawn of a new age of Astronomy, in which the role of chemistry in the interstellar medium and in star and planet formation may be quantified. A vital part of these studies will be to determine the molecular complexity in these seemingly hostile regions and explore how molecules are synthesised and survive. The current hypothesis is that many of these species are formed within the ice mantles on interstellar dust grains with irradiation by UV light or cosmic rays stimulating chemical reactions. However, such irradiation releases many secondary electrons which may themselves induce chemistry. In this article we discuss the potential role of such electron induced chemistry and demonstrate, through some simple experiments, the rich molecular synthesis that this may lead to.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1039/c4fd00004h
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Nigel Mason
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2019 09:40 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2019 09:40 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/74708 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Mason, Nigel: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4468-8324
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