Probing the morphology of interstellar ice analogues

Mark P. Collings, Rui Chen, Martin R. S. McCoustra

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Water and methanol have been shown to form a stable clathrate hydrate under conditions of relevance to the interstellar medium [1]. Observational evidence indicates that methanol may be present in ices in proximity to protostars at local concentrations well above its overall solid state abundance, suggesting that segregation processes occur in such ices [2]. In previous research we have demonstrated the influence of water ice morphology on the desorption behaviour of other species adsorbed on, or mixed in water ice films [3, 4]. Using CO desorption as a probe, in combination with infrared spectroscopy, we present here the results of an extension of this experimental program, in which the influence of varying methanol concentrations on the morphology of water ice have been studied.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAstrochemistry: From Laboratory Studies to Astronomical Observations
EditorsRI Kaiser, P Bernath, Y Osamura, S Petrie, AM Mebel
Place of PublicationMELVILLE
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0-7354-0351-1
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventSymposium on Astrochemistry - From Laboratory Studies to Astronomical Observations - Honolulu
Duration: 18 Dec 200520 Dec 2005


ConferenceSymposium on Astrochemistry - From Laboratory Studies to Astronomical Observations

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