3 years ago

Thermal desorption of formamide and methylamine from graphite and amorphous water ice surfaces.

Thanh Nguyen, Stephan Diana, François Dulieu, Henda Chaabouni

Formamide (NH2CHO) and methylamine (CH3NH2) are known to be the most abundant amine-containing molecules in many astrophysical environments. The presence of these molecules in the gas phase may result from thermal desorption of interstellar ices. The aim of this work is to determine the values of the desorption energies of formamide and methylamine from analogues of interstellar dust grain surfaces and to understand their interaction with water ice. TPD experiments of formamide and methylamine ices were performed in the submonolayer and monolayer regimes on graphite (HOPG) and non-porous amorphous solid water ice surfaces at 40-240 K. The desorption energy distributions of these two molecules were calculated from TPD measurements using a set of independent Polanyi-Wigner equations. The maximum of the desorption of formamide from both graphite and ASW ice surfaces occurs at 176 K after the desorption of H2O molecules, whereas the desorption profile of methylamine depends strongly on the substrate. Solid methylamine starts to desorb below 100 K from the graphite surface. Its desorption from the water ice surface occurs after 120 K and stops during the water ice sublimation around 150 K. It continues to desorb from the graphite surface at temperatures higher than 160 K. More than 95 % of NH2CHO diffuses through the water ice surface towards the graphitic substrate and is released into the gas phase with a desorption energy distribution (7460-9380 K), which is measured with the best-fit pre-exponential factor A=10^18 s-1. However, the desorption energy distribution of methylamine from the np-ASW ice surface (3850-8420 K) is measured with the best-fit pre-exponential factor A=10^12 s-1. A fraction of solid methylamine monolayer of roughly 0.15 diffuses through the water ice surface towards the HOPG substrate. This small amount desorbs later with higher binding energies (5050-8420 K).

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.08897

DOI: arXiv:1801.08897v1

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