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Thermal reaction and luminescence of long-lived N 2D in N2 ice.

ABSTRACT: Photochemistry of an N2 ice and thermal reaction of the irradiated sample were studied with vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) light from a synchrotron. Concurrent detection of infrared absorption and visible emission spectra provide evidence for the generation of energetic products N (2D) and N (2P) atoms, N2 (A) molecule and linear-N3 (l-N3) radical after excitation of icy N2 at 121.6 nm. Irradiation at 190 nm is shown to be an effective way to eliminate the l-N3 radical. After the photolysis and photoelimination of the l-N3, we initiate synthesis of l-N3 via the thermal ramping of the sample in temperature range 3.5 to 20 K. In addition, the emission from the N (2D) atom was observed during the thermal ramping process. These behaviors indicate that a long-lived N (2Dlong) atom is generated in the VUV-photolyzed N2 ice. A comparison of the variations of the visible emission of N (2D) and the infrared absorption of l-N3 with time indicates that the long-lived N (2Dlong) dominated the thermal synthesis of l-N3 The results have enhanced suggestion and understanding of the conversion for nitrogen species in cold astrophysical environments with VUV irradiation.


PROVIDER: S-EPMC6900521 | BioStudies | 2019-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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