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The rotational excitation of HCN and HNC by He: temperature dependence of the collisional rate coefficients

F. Dumouchel, A. Faure and F. Lique

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 406, issue 4, pages 2488-2492
Published in print August 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online August 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.16826.x
The rotational excitation of HCN and HNC by He: temperature dependence of the collisional rate coefficients

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Modelling of molecular emission from interstellar clouds requires the calculation of rates for excitation by collisions with the most abundant species. This paper deals with the calculation of rate coefficients for rotational excitation of the HCN and HNC molecules in their ground vibrational state in collision with He. Calculations of pure rotational (de-)excitation cross-sections of HCN and HNC by He were performed using the essentially exact close-coupling method. Cross-sections for transitions among the 26 first rotational levels of HCN and HNC were calculated for energies up to 3500 cm−1. These cross-sections were used to determine collisional rate constants for temperatures ranging from 5 to 500 K. The propensity rules of both collisional systems are discussed. A propensity for even Δj transitions is observed in the case of HCN–He collisions whereas a propensity for odd Δj transitions is observed in the case of HNC–He collisions. These propensities become less pronounced at high temperature, although they do not vanish within the temperature range considered in this work. The new rate coefficients will significantly help in interpreting HCN and HNC emission lines observed with current and future telescopes. In particular, the HNC/HCN abundance ratio derived from observations would have to be revised from values >1 to values ≤1.

Keywords: molecular data; molecular processes; scattering

Journal Article.  3065 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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