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Novel Ion Chemistry of Interstellar Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

  • D. K. Bohme
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 165)

Abstract

Results of laboratory measurements are presented for gas-phase reactions of ground-state atomic silicon ions in the absence and presence of naphthalene, the simplest polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecule. Naphthalene is observed to attach to Si+ and to alter its chemistry. The observed gas-phase reactions of the Si+.naphthalene adduct are viewed as “surface reactions”. They provide a novel route for the synthesis of Si-bearing molecules. The results have implications for the role of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in promoting surface reactions of Si+ and other atomic ions in interstellar environments, both in the gas phase and on graphitic grains.

Keywords

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Neutral Product Naphthalene Molecule Neutral Reagent Interstellar Molecule 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. K. Bohme
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  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Centre for Research in Earth and Space ScienceYork UniversityNorth YorkCanada

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