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- May 26, 2023
Theoretical Study on the Potential Existing Forms and Microwave Rotational Spectrum of Short-Chain Fatty Acids in Interstellar Space
Several short-chain fatty acids and their corresponding potential existing hydrated forms are important molecules in interstellar space.
Their structures were optimized with twelve different computational methods. The dipole moments and the spectral constants, including rotational constants and centrifugal distortion constants were obtained. According to the benchmark study, revDSD-PBEP86-D3(BJ) is the most suitable method that was selected for rotational calculation. Symmetry-adapted perturbation theory was used to study the strength and composition of the interaction between acids and water in clusters.
The possibility of its existing under the low-temperature and low-pressure conditions was confirmed by calculating of binding free energy. Furthermore, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations were used to investigate whether the internal rotations of acids could be observed. The 3-fold splitting from the predicted high-resolution microwave rotational spectra of the acetic acid monohydrate at different temperatures perfectly proved the accuracy of the simulations.
Fangjing Mu, Hao Wang, Zhanhang He, Qian Gou, Yuchao Zhang, Donghui Wei
Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
Cite as: arXiv:2305.04762 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:2305.04762v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
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From: Fangjing Mu
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