Journal Article

Collisional excitation of doubly deuterated ammonia ND<sub>2</sub>H by para-H<sub>2</sub>

L. Wiesenfeld, E. Scifoni, A. Faure and E. Roueff

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 413, issue 1, pages 509-513
Published in print May 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Collisional excitation of doubly deuterated ammonia ND2H by para-H2

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Collisional de-excitation rates of partially deuterated molecules are different from the fully hydrogenated species because of lowering of symmetry. We compute the collisional (de)excitation rates of ND2H by ground-state para-H2, extending the previous results for helium. We describe the changes in the potential energy surface of NH3–H2 involved by the presence of two deuterium nuclei. Cross-sections are calculated within the full close-coupling approach and augmented with coupled-state calculations. Collisional rate coefficients are given between 5 and 35 K, a range of temperatures which is relevant to cold interstellar conditions. We find that the collisional rates of ND2H by H2 are about 1 order of magnitude higher than those obtained with helium as perturber. These results are essential to radiative transfer modelling and will allow to interpret the millimetre and submillimetre detections of ND2H with better constraints than previously.

Keywords: molecular data; molecular processes; ISM: general; ISM: molecules

Journal Article.  3011 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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