Atomistic and infrared study of CO-water amorphous ice onto olivine dust grain

DOI: 
10.1016/j.pss.2016.11.002
Publication date: 
01/01/2017
Main author: 
Escamilla-Roa E.
IAA authors: 
Escamilla-Roa, E.;Moreno, F.;López-Moreno, J.J.;Sainz-Díaz, C.I.
Authors: 
Escamilla-Roa E., Moreno F., López-Moreno J.J., Sainz-Díaz C.I.
Journal: 
Planetary and Space Science
Refereed: 
Yes
Publication type: 
Article
Volume: 
135
Pages: 
17-26
Number: 
Abstract: 
This work is a study of CO and H2O molecules as adsorbates that interact on the surface of olivine dust grains. Olivine (forsterite) is present on the Earth, planetary dust, in the interstellar medium (ISM) and in particular in comets. The composition of amorphous ice is very important for the interpretation of processes that occur in the solar system and the ISM. Dust particles in ISM are composed of a heterogeneous mixture of amorphous or crystalline silicates (e.g. olivine) organic material, carbon, and other minor constituents. These dust grains are embedded in a matrix of ices, such as H2O, CO, CO2, NH3, and CH4. We consider that any amorphous ice will interact and grow faster on dust grain surfaces. In this work we explore the adsorption of CO-H2O amorphous ice onto several (100) forsterite surfaces (dipolar and non-dipolar), by using first principle calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). These models are applied to two possible situations: i) adsorption of CO molecules mixed into an amorphous ice matrix (gas mixture) and adsorbed directly onto the forsterite surface. This interaction has lower adsorption energy than polar molecules (H2O and NH3) adsorbed on this surface; ii) adsorption of CO when the surface has previously been covered by amorphous water ice (onion model). In this case the calculations show that adsorption energy is low, indicating that this interaction is weak and therefore the CO can be desorbed with a small increase of temperature. Vibration spectroscopy for the most stable complex was also studied and the frequencies were in good agreement with experimental frequency values. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd
Database: 
SCOPUS
ADS
URL: 
https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85007138016&doi=10.1016%2fj.pss.2016.11.002&partnerID=40&md5=3aed66da2f67e151bdb99fd0048b1f44
ADS Bibcode: 
2017P&SS..135...17E
Keywords: 
Amorphous ice; CO adsorption; DFT; Dust grains; Forsterite; Infrared frequencies; Interstellar grains; Olivine; Solid-gas interphase