In dense interstellar clouds that are shielded from high-energy radiation (e.g., UV photons or cosmic rays), H-atom addition and abstraction reactions that take place on grain surfaces play principal roles in the synthesis or decomposition of complex organic molecules (COMs). These reactions are extensively investigated with laboratory experiments by bombarding astrophysical analogue ices with a beam of low-temperature H atoms. Here we demonstrate that, although 2-4 K solid para-H2 does not represent a typical environment of the surface of interstellar grains, para-H2 matrix isolation combined with IR spectroscopy is a complementary tool to sensitively detect astrochemical hydrogenation and dehydrogenation processes.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union|
|State||Accepted/In press - 2020|
- ISM: Clouds
- molecular processes