The last module of Stardust, INFRA-ICE, is ready! This module is dedicated to simulate the chemistry taking place in the densest regions of the interstellar medium, the so-called dense molecular clouds. As such, INFRA-ICE expands the capabilities of Stardust allowing for the complete journey of cosmic dust to be simulated with Stardust, from dust formation in the inner envelopes of evolved stars to its interaction with molecular ices in the dark clouds of the interstellar medium. The design and technical capabilities have been recently published and INFRA-ICE is already providing novel scientific results. Stay tuned!
You can find the work published in:
G. Santoro, J. M. Sobrado, G. Tajuelo-Castilla, M. Accolla, L. Martínez, J. Azpeitia, K. Lauwaet, J. Cernicharo, G. J. Ellis and J. A. Martín-Gago, “INFRA-ICE: an ultra-high vacuum experimental station for laboratory astrochemistry”, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 91, 124101 (2020).