Search for Interstellar Monohydric Thiols

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
December 8, 2016
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Search for Interstellar Monohydric Thiols

It has been pointed out by various astronomers that very interesting relationship exists between interstellar alcohols and the corresponding thiols (sulfur analogue of alcohols) as far as the spectroscopic properties and chemical abundances are concerned.

Monohydric alcohols such as methanol and ethanol are widely observed and 1-propanol is recently claimed to have been seen in Orion KL.

Among the monohydric thiols, methanethiol (chemical analogue of methanol), has been firmly detected in Orion KL and Sgr B2(N2) and ethanethiol (chemical analogue of ethanol) has been claimed to be observed in Sgr B2(N2) though the confirmation of this detection is yet to come. It is very likely that higher order thiols could be observed in these regions.

In this paper, we study the formation of monohydric alcohols and their thiol analogues. Based on our quantum chemical calculation and chemical modeling, we find that `Tg’ conformer of 1-propanethiol is a good candidate of astronomical interest. We present various spectroscopically relevant parameters of this molecule to assist its future detection in the Interstellar medium (ISM).

Prasanta Gorai, Ankan Das, Amaresh Das, Bhalamurugan Sivaraman, Emmanuel E. Etim, Sandip K. Chakrabarti
(Submitted on 8 Dec 2016)

Comments: 13 pages, 4 figures, Accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR); Chemical Physics (physics.chem-ph)
Cite as: arXiv:1612.02688 [astro-ph.GA] (or arXiv:1612.02688v1 [astro-ph.GA] for this version)
Submission history
From: Ankan Das
[v1] Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:14:03 GMT (2845kb,D)

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