The diffusion of hydrogen atoms on dust grains is a key process in the formation of interstellar H2 and some hydrogenated molecules such as formaldehyde and methanol. We investigate the adsorption and diffusion of H atoms on pure solid CO as an analog of dust surfaces observed toward some cold interstellar regions. Using a combination of photostimulated desorption and resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization methods to detect H atoms directly, the relative adsorption probabilities and diffusion coefficients of the H atoms are measured on pure solid CO at 8, 12, and 15 K. There is little difference between the diffusion coefficients of the hydrogen and deuterium atoms, indicating that the diffusion is limited by thermal hopping. The activation energies controlling the H-atom diffusion depend on the surface temperature, and values of 22, 30, and ∼37 meV were obtained for 8, 12, and 15 K, respectively.

Measurements of the Activation Energies for Atomic Hydrogen Diffusion on Pure Solid CO

Pirronello V.;
2018-01-01

Abstract

The diffusion of hydrogen atoms on dust grains is a key process in the formation of interstellar H2 and some hydrogenated molecules such as formaldehyde and methanol. We investigate the adsorption and diffusion of H atoms on pure solid CO as an analog of dust surfaces observed toward some cold interstellar regions. Using a combination of photostimulated desorption and resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization methods to detect H atoms directly, the relative adsorption probabilities and diffusion coefficients of the H atoms are measured on pure solid CO at 8, 12, and 15 K. There is little difference between the diffusion coefficients of the hydrogen and deuterium atoms, indicating that the diffusion is limited by thermal hopping. The activation energies controlling the H-atom diffusion depend on the surface temperature, and values of 22, 30, and ∼37 meV were obtained for 8, 12, and 15 K, respectively.
2018
Astrochemistry, atomic processes, dust, ISM.
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