31st Annual Meeting of the DPS, October 1999
Session 61. Laboratory Results
Contributed Oral Parallel Session, Thursday, October 14, 1999, 2:00-3:30pm, Sala Kursaal

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[61.05] Trapping of CH4, CO, and CO2 in Amorphous Water Ice

R. M. E. Mastrapa, R. H. Brown (University of Arizona), V. G. Anicich (Jet Propulsion Lab), B. A. Cohen, W. Dai, J. I. Lunine (University of Arizona)

In this study, CO, CH4, and CO2 were trapped in H2O at temperatures as low as 20 K and pressures between 10-5 and 10-8 Torr. IR spectra were taken of each sample before sublimation to confirm the presence of volatiles. The samples were then heated at rates from 0.25 K/min to 1 K/min and the escape ranges were measured with a mass spectrometer. The volatiles escaped from the ice mixtures in temperature ranges similar to those found in previous work (1, 2, 3), namely 48-52 K, 145-160 K, 170-185 K. H2O is released from 150 K to 185 K. However, the temperature range of escape is strongly dependent on deposition temperature and heating rate. If the deposition temperature is below the point where the solid volatile rapidly sublimates in the ambient environment of our experiment, then the first range of volatile escape is centered around it's sublimation point, and there is little of the volatile remaining from 170-185 K. The location of the third escape range shifts to lower temperatures with slower sublimation rate. It was determined that 0.5 K/min is the ideal sample heating rate to determine these escape ranges. In our data, the infrared spectrum of CO trapped in water ice shows a splitting of the 2145 cm-1 solid CO line into two bands at 2343 cm-1 and 2135 cm-1. These shifts are similar to those seen by Sandford, et al. (4). (1) Bar-Nun, A., G. Herman, D. Laufer, and M. L. Rappaport, (1985), Icarus, 63, 317-332. (2) Bar-Nun, A., J. Dror, E. Kochavi, and D. Laufer, (1987), Physical Review B, 35, no. 5, 2427-2435. (3) Hudson, R. L., and B. Donn, (1991), Icarus, 94, 326-332. (4) Sandford, S. A., L. J. Allamandola, A. G. G. M. Tielens, and G. J. Valero, (1988), Astrophysical Journal, 329, 498-510.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: mastrapa@lpl.arizona.edu

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