Volume 399, Number 1, February III 2003
|Page(s)||197 - 210|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||05 February 2003|
Reduction of chemical networks
I. The case of molecular clouds
Institute of Astronomy of the RAS, Pyatnitskaya St. 48, 119017 Moscow, Russia e-mail: email@example.com
2 Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory, Schillergäßchen 2-3, 07745 Jena, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
Corresponding author: D. Wiebe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 27 November 2002
We present a new method to analyse and reduce chemical networks and apply this technique to the chemistry in molecular clouds. Using the technique, we investigated the possibility of reducing the number of chemical reactions and species in the UMIST 95 database simultaneously. In addition, we did the same reduction but with the “objective technique” in order to compare both methods. We found that it is possible to compute the abundance of carbon monoxide and fractional ionisation accurately with significantly reduced chemical networks in the case of pure gas-phase chemistry. For gas-grain chemistry involving surface reactions reduction is not worthwhile. Compared to the “objective technique” our reduction method is more effective but more time-consuming as well.
Key words: astrochemistry / stars: formation / molecular processes / ISM: molecules / ISM: abundances
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