Formation mechanisms of oxygen atoms in the O(1D2) state from the 157 nm photoirradiation of amorphous water ice at 90 K

Tetsuya Hama, Akihiro Yabushita, Masaaki Yokoyama, Masahiro Kawasaki, Naoki Watanabe

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Vacuum ultraviolet photolysis of water ice in the first absorption band was studied at 157 nm. Translational and internal energy distributions of the desorbed species, O(1D) and OH(v=0,1), were directly measured with resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization method. Two different mechanisms are discussed for desorption of electronically excited O(1D) atoms from the ice surface. One is unimolecular dissociation of H2O to H 2+O(1D) as a primary photoprocess. The other is the surface recombination reaction of hot OH radicals that are produced from photodissociation of hydrogen peroxide as a secondary photoprocess. H 2O2 is one of the major photoproducts in the vacuum ultraviolet photolysis of water ice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114510
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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