The interaction of carbon monoxide with model astrophysical surfaces

Mark P Collings, John W Dever, Martin R S McCoustra

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Carbon monoxide (CO) is an important component of the icy mantles that accrete on interstellar dust grains. To develop a better understanding of the physicochemical basis of its infrared spectroscopy, we have studied the interaction of submonolayer coverages of CO with the surface of films of other astrophysically relevant species – 13CO, carbon dioxide (CO2), ammonia (NH3), methanol (CH3OH) and water (H2O) – under ultrahigh vacuum and cryogenic (10 K) conditions using reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS). In support of these measurements, we have performed ab initio calculations of gas phase dimer complexes, and made comparisons to experimental results of gas phase and matrix isolated complexes, which are extensively reported in the literature. The interaction of CO can be categorised as occurring via the C atom (CCO bonded), the O atom (OCO bonded) or in a p-bonded configuration.
The CCO configuration is characterised by a blue shifted CRO stretch frequency, and is observed for CO adsorbed on 13CO, CO2 and H2O surfaces. From the absence of such a feature from the spectra of CO adsorbed on CH3OH it can be concluded that the dangling OH bonds required for this adsorption configuration are not present at the surface of the CH3OH film.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3479-3492
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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