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Is the Gas-phase OH+H2CO Reaction a Source of HCO in Interstellar Cold Dark Clouds? A Kinetic, Dynamic, and Modeling Study

AutorOcaña, A. J.; Jiménez, E.; Ballesteros, B.; Canosa, A.; Antiñolo, M.; Albaladejo, J.; Agúndez, Marcelino; Cernicharo, José ; Zanchet, Alexandre ; Mazo, Pablo del; Roncero, Octavio ; Aguado, Alfredo
Palabras claveISM: molecules
ISM: clouds
ISM: abundances
Molecular processes
Fecha de publicación14-nov-2017
EditorUniversity of Chicago Press
CitaciónAstrophysical Journal 850: 28 (2017)
ResumenThe chemical kinetics of neutral-neutral gas-phase reactions at ultralow temperatures is a fascinating research subject with important implications on the chemistry of complex organic molecules in the interstellar medium (T ∼ 10-100 K). Scarce kinetic information is currently available for these kinds of reactions at T < 200 K. In this work, we use the Cinétique de Réaction en Ecoulement Supersonique Uniforme (CRESU; Reaction Kinetics in a Uniform Supersonic Flow) technique to measure for the first time the rate coefficients (k) of the gas-phase OH+HCO reaction between 22 and 107 K. The k values greatly increase from 2.1 × 10 cm s at 107 K to 1.2 × 10 cm s at 22 K. This is also confirmed by quasi-classical trajectories (QCT) at collision energies down to 0.1 meV performed using a new full dimension and ab initio potential energy surface that generates highly accurate potential and includes long-range dipole-dipole interactions. QCT calculations indicate that at low temperatures HCO is the exclusive product for the OH+HCO reaction. In order to revisit the chemistry of HCO in cold dense clouds, k is reasonably extrapolated from the experimental results at 10 K (2.6 × 10 cm s). The modeled abundances of HCO are in agreement with the observations in cold dark clouds for an evolving time of 10-10 yr. The different sources of production of HCO are presented and the uncertainties in the chemical networks are discussed. The present reaction is shown to account for a few percent of the total HCO production rate. This reaction can be expected to be a competitive process in the chemistry of prestellar cores. Extensions to photodissociation regions and diffuse cloud environments are also addressed.
Descripción12 pags., 9 figs., 3 tabs.
Versión del editorhttps://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa93d9
Identificadoresdoi: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa93d9
issn: 1538-4357
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