Volume 630, October 2019
|Number of page(s)||12|
|Section||Numerical methods and codes|
|Published online||01 October 2019|
Incorporating astrochemistry into molecular line modelling via emulation
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
2 Department of Statistical Science, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Accepted: 5 July 2019
In studies of the interstellar medium in galaxies, radiative transfer models of molecular emission are useful for relating molecular line observations back to the physical conditions of the gas they trace. However, doing this requires solving a highly degenerate inverse problem. In order to alleviate these degeneracies, the abundances derived from astrochemical models can be converted into column densities and fed into radiative transfer models. This ensures that the molecular gas composition used by the radiative transfer models is chemically realistic. However, because of the complexity and long running time of astrochemical models, it can be difficult to incorporate chemical models into the radiative transfer framework. In this paper, we introduce a statistical emulator of the UCLCHEM astrochemical model, built using neural networks. We then illustrate, through examples of parameter estimations, how such an emulator can be applied to real and synthetic observations.
Key words: astrochemistry / radiative transfer / methods: statistical / ISM: molecules / galaxies: abundances
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