Interstellar water ice is mainly amorphous, but the nature of its morphology still remains poorly known. The experimental study described in this work focuses on how relevant changes of the ice morphology result from atomic hydrogen exposure and subsequent recombination. We show that there is an exponential decrease in the porosity of the amorphous water ice sample following hydrogen-atom irradiation. These and other laboratory results lead us to suggest that water ice in space is almost certainly amorphous and non-porous (compact).
|Titolo:||Changes in the morphology of interstellar ice analogues after hydrogen atom exposure|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno|