Improved low-temperature rate constants for rotational excitation of CO by H
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, UMR 5571 CNRS-UJF, OSUG, Université Joseph Fourier, BP 53, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 9, France e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Department of Quantum Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Nicholaus Copernicus University, Gagarina 7, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
3 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
Accepted: 12 September 2005
Cross sections for the rotational (de)excitation of CO by ground state para- and ortho-H2 are obtained using quantum scattering calculations for collision energies between 1 and 520 cm-1. A new CO-H2 potential energy surface is employed and its quality is assessed by comparison with explicitly correlated CCSD(T)-R12 calculations. Rate constants for rotational levels of CO up to 5 and temperatures in the range 5-70 K are deduced. The new potential is found to have a strong influence on the resonance structure of the cross sections at very low collision energies. As a result, the present rates at 10 K differ by up to 50% with those obtained by Flower (2001) on a previous, less accurate, potential energy surface.
Key words: molecular data - molecular processes - ISM: molecules
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