Modeling the ortho-to-para abundance ratio of cyclic C3H2 in cold dense cores
Chemical Physics Program, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA e-mail: email@example.com
3 Departments of Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 7 December 2005
Aims.We report a detailed attempt to model the ortho-to-para abundance ratio of c-C3H2 so as to reproduce observed values in the cores of the well-known source TMC-1. According to observations, the ortho-to-para ratios vary, within large uncertainties, from a low of near unity to a high of approximately three depending on the core. Methods.We used the osu.2003 network of gas-phase chemical reactions augmented by reactions that specifically consider the formation, depletion, and interconversion of the ortho and para forms of c-C3H2 and its precursor ion c-C3H. We investigated the sensitivity of the calculated ortho-to-para ratio for c-C3H2 to a large number of factors. Results.For the less evolved cores C, CP, and D, we had no difficulty reproducing the observed ortho-to-para ratios of 1–2. In order to reproduce observed ortho-to-para ratios of near three, observed for the evolved cores A and B, it was necessary to include rapid ion-catalyzed interconversion processes.
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