Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 432, 3423-3430 (2013/July-2)
An improved chemical scheme for the reactions of atomic oxygen and simple unsaturated hydrocarbons - implications for star-forming regions.
OCCHIOGROSSO A., VITI S. and BALUCANI N.
Abstract (from CDS):
Recent laboratory experiments have demonstrated that even though contribution from other reaction channels cannot be neglected, unsaturated hydrocarbons easily break their multiple C-C bonds to form CO after their interactions with atomic oxygen. Here, we present an upgraded chemical modelling including a revision of the reactions between oxygen atoms and small unsaturated hydrocarbons for different astrochemical environments. The first conclusion is that towards hot cores/corinos atomic oxygen easily degrades unsaturated hydrocarbons directly to CO or to its precursor species (such as HCCO or HCO) and destroys the double or triple bond of alkenes and alkynes. Therefore, environments rich in atomic oxygen at a relatively high temperature are not expected to be rich in large unsaturated hydrocarbons or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In contrast, in O-poor and C-rich objects, hydrocarbon growth can occur to a large extent. In addition, new radical species, namely ketyl and vinoxy radicals, generated from other reaction channels can influence the abundances of hydrocarbons towards hot cores. We, therefore, suggest that they should be included in the available databases. Hydrocarbon column densities are calculated in the 1013-1015cm-2 range, in good agreement with their observed values, despite the small number of data currently published in the literature.
© 2013 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013)
astrochemistry - stars: formation - ISM: abundances - ISM: molecules
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