The provenance of oxygen on Earth and different photo voltaic planetary our bodies is a elementary analysis difficulty. It is broadly accepted that the prebiotic pathway of oxygen manufacturing within the Earth’s primitive environment was by way of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photodissociation of CO2 and subsequent recombination of two O atoms.
In distinction, the photodissociation of H2O, one of many dominant oxygen carriers, has lengthy been assumed to proceed primarily to supply hydroxyl (OH)– and hydrogen (H)-atom main merchandise, and its contribution to oxygen manufacturing is restricted.
Recently, a analysis group led by Prof. Yuan Kaijun and Yang Xueming from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences revealed oxygen manufacturing from the three-body photodissociation of water molecule utilizing the Dalian Coherent Light Source.
Their findings have been revealed in Nature Communications on April 30.
The VUV free-electron laser facility on the Dalian Coherent Light Source permits the researchers to quantitatively assess the significance of H2O photochemistry for oxygen manufacturing.
“Our experimental results indicated that H2O under VUV excitation can break into three fragments: one O atom and two H atoms, where the O atoms are in the 1D and 3P states. The three-body dissociation process is the dominant channel for H2O photochemistry in the 90-110 nm region,” mentioned Prof. Yuan.
The quantitative dedication demonstrated that roughly 20% of the H2O photoexcitation occasions resulted in O atoms. Considering the water abundance in broadly interstellar circumstances equivalent to in interstellar clouds, atmospheres of the solar-family comets, and even within the Earth primitive environment, O manufacturing from water photolysis have to be an essential course of. The subsequent recombination of O atoms produced O2, which represented an essential prebiotic O2-production pathway.
Yao Chang et al. Three physique photodissociation of the water molecule and its implications for prebiotic oxygen manufacturing, Nature Communications (2021). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-22824-7
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