Volume 599, March 2017
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||10 March 2017|
Efficient photochemistry of coronene:water complexes
1 Institut des Sciences Moléculaires (ISM), Université de Bordeaux and CNRS, 351 cours de la Libération, 33405 Talence, France
2 CNRS, Aix-Marseille Université, UMR-7345, Physique des Interactions Ioniques et Moléculaires (PIIM), 13397 Marseille Cedex 20, France
3 LERMA-LAMAp, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Observatoire de Paris, ENS, UPMC, UMR 8112 du CNRS, 5 mail Gay Lussac, 95000 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, France
Received: 30 August 2016
Accepted: 6 December 2016
The photochemistry of ices with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been extensively studied, but to date no investigation has been made of PAHs in interaction with low numbers (n< 4) of molecules of water. We performed photochemical matrix isolation studies of coronene:water complexes, probing the argon matrix with FTIR spectroscopy. We find that coronene readily reacts with water upon irradiation with a mercury vapour lamp to produce oxygenated PAH photoproducts, and we postulate a reaction mechanism via a charge transfer Rydberg state. This result suggests that oxygenated PAHs should be widely observed in regions of the ISM with sufficiently high water abundances, for example near the edges of molecular clouds where water molecules begin to form, but before icy layers are observed, that is at AV< 3. In order to explain the low derived observational abundances of oxygenated PAHs, additional destruction routes must be invoked.
Key words: astrochemistry / ISM: molecules / molecular processes / molecular data
© ESO, 2017
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