The chemistry of multiply deuterated species in cold, dense interstellar cores*
Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Departments of Physics, Astronomy and Chemistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
3 Department of Physics, UMIST, PO Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD, UK
Accepted: 7 June 2004
We present new models of interstellar deuterium chemistry that include more multiply deuterated species than previously considered. We first describe the updates that have been made, and compare the results given by two different underlying networks at the low temperatures and high densities characteristic of prestellar cores. We then use the models to explain recent observations of CO depletion and D2CO/H2CO ratios in prestellar cores. We find limited agreement between our models and observations for constant density scenarios, but for two of these cores we demonstrate reasonable agreement when we take the density structure of the core into account.
Key words: ISM: abundances / ISM: molecules / ISM: individual objects: ρ Oph D, L1544
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