Atomki-ICA

The Ice Chamber for Astrophysics/Astrochemistry (ICA) at Atomki is designed to investigate the ion irradiation interstellar and Solar System ice analogues. Ions of different species and charge states from H+ to S2+ are produced by the Atomki Tandetron accelerator (available energied 0.2-4 MeV) and may be used to simulate galactic cosmic rays and stellar winds. The major goal of the experimental apparatus is to systematically study space-relevant ices under different ion impact conditions (e.g. energy, fluxes, type of projectile) so as to better understand the origin and evolution of the building blocks of life.