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Molecular Hydrogen Formation On Astrophysically Relevant Surfaces, Gianfranco Vidali, N. Katz, Itay Furman, Ofer Biham, Valerio Pirronello Jun 1995

Molecular Hydrogen Formation On Astrophysically Relevant Surfaces, Gianfranco Vidali, N. Katz, Itay Furman, Ofer Biham, Valerio Pirronello

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Recent experimental results about the formation of molecular hydrogen on astrophysically relevant surfaces under conditions close to those encountered in the interstellar medium are analyzed using rate equations. The parameters of the rate equation model are fitted to temperature-programmed desorption curves obtained in the laboratory. These parameters are the activation energy barriers for atomic hydrogen diffusion and desorption, the barrier for molecular hydrogen desorption, and the probability of spontaneous desorption of a hydrogen molecule upon recombination. The model is a generalization of the Polanyi-Wigner equation and provides a description of both first and second order kinetic processes within a single ...