Nanoparticle destruction by X-ray absorption
Equipe d'Astrochimie Expérimentale, P.A.L.M.S. , UMR 6627 du CNRS, Université de Rennes I, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France
2 European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), BP 220, 38043 Grenoble cedex, France
Corresponding author: J. B. A. Mitchell, email@example.com
Accepted: 18 February 2002
X-ray absorption by nanometer sized soot particles in an ethylene flame has been studied using a beam from the ESRF synchrotron. This absorption appears to lead to the destruction of the particles. Application of this phenomenon to the release of molecules from the surface of interstellar dust grains is discussed.
Key words: methods: laboratory / ISM: dust, extinction / X-rays: ISM
© ESO, 2002