CH3CN photochemistry at hot core margins

MacKay, D.D.S. (1999) CH3CN photochemistry at hot core margins. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 304 (1). pp. 61-66. ISSN 0035-8711. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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CH3CN is a species observed to be much more abundant in ultracompact hot molecular cores (UCHCs) than can be accounted for by dark cloud gas phase chemistry. The close proximity of UCHCs to newly formed OB stars suggests that an impinging far ultraviolet (FUV) radiation field might contribute to the chemical processing at the core margins. In this paper. the photochemistry of gas phase CH3CN formation is explored assuming an enhanced FUV radiation field interacts with dense neutral material evaporated from grain mantle ices. We are able to show that high CH3CN/CH3OH abundance ratios can be generated from CH3OH and NH3 precursors in such a photon-dominated margin as a realistic alternative to a grain surface origin. We show that the observed CH3 CN/CH3 OH column density ratio towards the UCHC in G34.3+0.15 can be interpreted as arising: from photochemical generation of CH3 CN in the gas phase.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: molecular processes; ISM, abundances; ISM, clouds; ISM, molecules
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: I.T. Ekpo
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2009 09:59
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2009 09:59
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