Dissociative Recombination of Protonated Formic Acid: Implications for Molecular Cloud and Cometary Chemistry
2010 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 709, no 2, 1429-1434 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
At the heavy ion storage ring CRYRING in Stockholm, Sweden, we have investigated the dissociative recombination of DCOOD2+ at low relative kinetic energies, from similar to 1 meV to 1 eV. The thermal rate coefficient has been found to follow the expression k(T) = 8.43 x 10(-7) (T/300)(-0.78) cm(3) s(-1) for electron temperatures, T, ranging from similar to 10 to similar to 1000 K. The branching fractions of the reaction have been studied at similar to 2 meV relative kinetic energy. It has been found that similar to 87% of the reactions involve breaking a bond between heavy atoms. In only 13% of the reactions do the heavy atoms remain in the same product fragment. This puts limits on the gas-phase production of formic acid, observed in both molecular clouds and cometary comae. Using the experimental results in chemical models of the dark cloud, TMC-1, and using the latest release of the UMIST Database for Astrochemistry improves the agreement with observations for the abundance of formic acid. Our results also strengthen the assumption that formic acid is a component of cometary ices.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 709, no 2, 1429-1434 p.
astrochemistry; molecular processes
Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-43009DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/709/2/1429ISI: 000273579800071OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-43009DiVA: diva2:352913