Upgraded sublimation energy determination procedure for icy films

Autores UPV
Revista Vacuum


A method to determine the sublimation energy of a bulk ice in high vacuum systems, allowing other simultaneous analysis techniques, is presented. Variation in frequency of a quartz crystal microbalance, due to sublimating material, during a zeroth-order desorption consents to obtain this energy. CO 2 sublimation energy is obtained to check this method, its value is coherent with that reported in the literature. Our method permits to simplify the setup used so far by other authors, and to obtain relevant parameters for ices simultaneously. The procedure explained here corrects the temperature frequency dependence of the microbalance and the effect of contaminants by using a unique microbalance. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.