Low-temperature formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Titan’s atmosphere

  title={Low-temperature formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Titan’s atmosphere},
  author={L. Zhao and R. I. Kaiser and B. Xu and U. Ablikim and M. Ahmed and Mikhail M. Evseev and E. Bashkirov and V. N. Azyazov and A. Mebel},
  journal={Nature Astronomy},
  • L. Zhao, R. I. Kaiser, +6 authors A. Mebel
  • Published 2018
  • Chemistry
  • Nature Astronomy
  • The detection of benzene in Titan’s atmosphere led to the emergence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as potential nucleation agents triggering the growth of Titan’s orange-brownish haze layers. However, the fundamental mechanisms leading to the formation of PAHs in Titan’s low-temperature atmosphere have remained elusive. We provide persuasive evidence through laboratory experiments and computations that prototype PAHs like anthracene and phenanthrene (C14H10) are synthesized via… CONTINUE READING
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