Clathrate hydrates in interstellar environment

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Autorinnen und Autoren: Ghosh J, Methikkalam RRJ, Bhuin RG, Ragupathy G, Choudhary N, Kumar R, Pradeep T
Zeitschrift: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2019
Band: 116
Heftnummer: 5
Seitenbereich: 1526-1531
ISSN: 0027-8424
eISSN: 1091-6490


Clathrate hydrates (CHs) are ubiquitous in earth under high-pressure conditions, but their existence in the interstellar medium (ISM) remains unknown. Here, we report experimental observations of the formation of methane and carbon dioxide hydrates in an environment analogous to ISM. Thermal treatment of solid methane and carbon dioxide–water mixture in ultrahigh vacuum of the order of 10
mbar for extended periods led to the formation of CHs at 30 and 10 K, respectively. High molecular mobility and H bonding play important roles in the entrapment of gases in the in situ formed 5
CH cages. This finding implies that CHs can exist in extreme low-pressure environments present in the ISM. These hydrates in ISM, subjected to various chemical processes, may act as sources for relevant prebiotic molecules.

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Bhuin, Radha Gobinda
Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie II

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Indian Institute of Technology Madras


Ghosh, J., Methikkalam, R.R.J., Bhuin, R.G., Ragupathy, G., Choudhary, N., Kumar, R., & Pradeep, T. (2019). Clathrate hydrates in interstellar environment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(5), 1526-1531.

Ghosh, Jyotirmoy, et al. "Clathrate hydrates in interstellar environment." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116.5 (2019): 1526-1531.


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