gas trapping in iceProject reference: 332399
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Experimental study of gas strapping in amorphous water ice and clathrate hydrate at temperature relevant for comets
Total cost:EUR 280 254,3
EU contribution:EUR 280 254,3
Topic(s):FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IOF - Marie Curie Action: "International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development"
Call for proposal:FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IOFSee other projects for this call
Funding scheme:MC-IOF - International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF)
Comets are considered as the most primitive objects in the solar system.
Their study is essential to understand the conditions of formation of the Solar System and determine its initial composition.
Many unknowns remain about the nature of cometary ices and physico-chemical processes affecting ices and gas molecules within comets.
The proposed research project for the fellowship focuses on the volatile phase (ices and gas) of comets and is aimed to experimentally reproduce the physico-chemical processes occurring during the formation of cometary ices and during their evolution in comets. This project proposes to determine the fractionation of the volatile molecules of cometary interest for two structures of water ice (amorphous and clathrate) potentially present in comets.
The scientific objective of this project is to provide quantitative data on the fractionation of gas molecules depending on the structure of water ice in order to help at the determination of the chemical composition and conditions of formation of cometary ices.
This project fits within the European space mission Rosetta, the first space mission of complete exploration (coma, surface, interior) of a comet beginning in 2014 and which aims to determine the nature of these objects.
The data obtained through this project will be incorporated into existing cometary models that will interpret the outgassing profile of volatile species allowing to determine the original chemical composition of the comet target.
To carry out this research project, I propose to join the university of Chicago (USA) and the Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG) in France, which includes several Co-Investigators of the VIRTIS and CONSERT instruments aboard the Rosetta space mission.
The experimental skills that the applicant will acquire during this fellowship will allow him to play an essential role in the interpretation of cometary data of the European space mission Rosetta.
EU contribution: EUR 280 254,3
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