François Dulieu

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Molecular and atomic interactions of hydrogen on dust grains covered with ice at low temperatures are key mechanisms for star formation and chemistry in dark interstellar clouds. We have experimentally studied the interaction of atomic and molecular deuterium on nonporous amorphous water ice surfaces between 8 and 30 K, in conditions compatible with an(More)
Dust grains in the interstellar medium are known to serve as the first chemical laboratory where the rich inventory of interstellar molecules are synthesized. Here we present a study of the formation of hydroxylamine--NH(2)OH--via the non-energetic route NO + H (D) on crystalline H(2)O and amorphous silicate under conditions relevant to interstellar dense(More)
Context. The synthesis of water is one necessary step in the origin and development of life. It is believed that pristine water is formed and grows on the surface of icy dust grains in dark interstellar clouds. Until now, there has been no experimental evidence whether this scenario is feasible or not on an astrophysically relevant template and by hydrogen(More)
The desorption kinetics of D(2) from amorphous solid water (ASW) films have been studied by the temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) technique in the 10-30 K temperature range. Compact (and nonporous) films were grown at 120 K over a copper substrate. Ultra-thin porous films were additionally grown at 10 K over the compact base. The TPD spectra from(More)
Nitrogen oxides are considered to be important astrochemical precursors of complex species and prebiotics. However, apart from the hydrogenation of solid NO that leads to the surface formation of hydroxylamine, little is known about the full solid state reaction network involving both nitrogen and oxygen. Our study is divided into two papers, hereby called(More)
Using the King and Wells method, we present experimental data on the dependence of the sticking of molecular hydrogen and deuterium on the beam temperature onto nonporous amorphous solid water ice surfaces of interstellar interest. A statistical model that explains the isotopic effect and the beam temperature behavior of our data is proposed. This model(More)
At the low temperatures of interstellar dust grains, it is well established that surface chemistry proceeds via diffusive mechanisms of H atoms weakly bound (physisorbed) to the surface. Until recently, however, it was unknown whether atoms heavier than hydrogen could diffuse rapidly enough on interstellar grains to react with other accreted species. In(More)
Molecular hydrogen interaction on water ice surfaces is a major process taking place in interstellar dense clouds. By coupling laser detection and classical thermal desorption spectroscopy, it is possible to study the effect of rotation of D(2) on adsorption on amorphous solid water ice surfaces. The desorption profiles of ortho- and para-D(2) are(More)
In cold astrophysical environments, some molecules are observed in the gas phase whereas they should have been depleted, frozen on dust grains. In order to solve this problem, astrochemists have proposed that a fraction of molecules synthesized on the surface of dust grains could desorb just after their formation. Recently the chemical desorption process(More)
The mobility of O atoms at very low temperatures is not generally taken into account, despite O diffusion would add to a series of processes leading to the observed rich molecular diversity in space. We present a study of the mobility and reactivity of O atoms on an amorphous silicate surface. Our results are in the form of reflection absorption infrared(More)