The Interstellar Chemistry of C3H and C3H2 Isomers


Interstellar Chemistry of C3H and C3H2 Isomers

We report the detection of linear and cyclic isomers of C3H and C3H2 towards various starless cores and review the corresponding chemical pathways involving neutral (C3Hx with x=1,2) and ionic (C3Hx+ with x = 1,2,3) isomers.

We highlight the role of the branching ratio of electronic Dissociative Recombination (DR) reactions of C3H2+ and C3H3+ isomers showing that the statistical treatment of the relaxation of C3H* and C3H2* produced in these DR reactions may explain the relative c,l-C3H and c,l-C3H2 abundances.

We have also introduced in the model the third isomer of C3H2 (HCCCH). The observed cyclic-to-linear C3H2 ratio vary from 110 + or - 30 for molecular clouds with a total density around 1e4 to 30 + or - 10 for molecular clouds with a total density around 4e5, a trend well reproduced with our updated model. The higher ratio for low molecular cloud densities is mainly determined by the importance of the H + l-C3H2 -> H + c-C3H2 and H + t-C3H2 -> H + c-C3H2 isomerization reactions.

Jean-Christophe Loison, Marcelino Agundez, Valentine Wakelam, Evelyne Roueff, Pierre Gratier, Nuuria Marcelino, Dianailys Nunnez Reyes, Josee Cernicharo, Maryvonne Gerin
(Submitted on 25 Jul 2017)

Comments: Accepted for publication in MNRAS
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)
Cite as: arXiv:1707.07926 [astro-ph.GA] (or arXiv:1707.07926v1 [astro-ph.GA] for this version)
Submission history
From: Valentine Wakelam
[v1] Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:43:42 GMT (1736kb)

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