Journal Article

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon negative ions in interstellar clouds: a quantum study on coronene metastable anions

F. Carelli and F. A. Gianturco

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 422, issue 4, pages 3643-3648
Published in print June 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online May 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.20876.x
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon negative ions in interstellar clouds: a quantum study on coronene metastable anions

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Multichannel quantum scattering calculations are employed to investigate the low-energy (Ecoll≤ 7 eV) region of the interaction between gas-phase neutral coronene and environmental electrons in interstellar clouds. The presence of several resonance features is revealed by our calculations and their symmetry characterization is also reported. Their likelihood of leading to anionic stabilization for the title molecule via different transient negative ions formed at low electron energies is also discussed and analysed through the present findings. These results bear significant information on the possible role of negative ions originating from the larger members of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the interstellar medium.

Keywords: molecular processes; ISM: clouds

Journal Article.  4449 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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