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Volume 438, Number 2, August I 2005
Page(s) 585 - 598
Section Interstellar and circumstellar matter
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20052724
Published online 08 July 2005

A&A 438, 585-598 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20052724

Interstellar deuterated ammonia: from NH $\mathsf{_3}$ to ND $\mathsf{_3}$

E. Roueff1, D. C. Lis2, F. F. S. van der Tak3, M. Gerin4 and P. F. Goldsmith5

1  Laboratoire Univers et Théorie, UMR 8102 du CNRS, Observatoire de Paris, Section de Meudon, Place Jules Janssen, 92195 Meudon, France
    e-mail: evelyne.roueff@obspm.fr
2  Downs Laboratory of Physics 320-47, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
3  Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany
4  Laboratoire d'Étude du Rayonnement et de la Matière en Astrophysique, UMR 8112 du CNRS, Observatoire de Paris and École Normale Supérieure, 24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France
5  Department of Astronomy and National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

(Received 18 January 2005 / Accepted 4 April 2005 )

We use spectra and maps of NH2D, ND2H, and ND3, obtained with the CSO, IRAM 30 m and Arecibo telescopes, to study deuteration processes in dense cores. The data include the first detection of the hyperfine structure in ND2H. The emission of NH2D and ND3 does not seem to peak at the positions of the embedded protostars, but instead at offset positions, where outflow interactions may occur. A constant ammonia fractionation ratio in star-forming regions is generally assumed to be consistent with an origin on dust grains. However, in the pre-stellar cores studied here, the fractionation varies significantly when going from NH3 to ND3. We present a steady state model of the gas-phase chemistry for these sources, which includes passive depletion onto dust grains and multiply saturated deuterated species up to five deuterium atoms (e.g. CD5+). The observed column density ratios of all four ammonia isotopologues are reproduced within a factor of 3 for a gas temperature of 10 K. We also predict that deuterium fractionation remains significant at temperatures up to about 20 K. ND and NHD, which have rotational transitions in the submillimeter domain are predicted to be abundant.

Key words: ISM: molecules -- molecular processes -- stars: circumstellar matter -- stars: formation

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