A&A 388, 346-354 (2002)
Surface hydrogenation in diffuse and translucent interstellar cloudsP. T. O'neill, S. Viti and D. A. Williams
University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
(Received 15 March 2001 / Accepted 28 March 2002 )
We investigate the effects of grain-surface hydrogenation reactions on gas phase chemical models of diffuse and translucent clouds in the interstellar medium. Models in which gas phase species freeze out on to dust without release do not match observed column densities well. Expanding on previous work we extend our models to include the release of C, N, O, S and CO following hydrogenation on the grain surface. The results show that such mechanisms do improve the ability of chemical models to reproduce observed abundances, not only through the release of otherwise frozen-out species but also because of the additional hydrogenating reactions. For example, the predicted column densities of in diffuse clouds and and in translucent clouds match observations better in models with grain-surface hydrogenation.
Key words: astrochemistry -- molecular processes -- ISM: abundances -- ISM: molecules
Offprint request: S. Viti, email@example.com
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