Gas-phase formation of doubly-deuterated species
H. Roberts and
Received 12 July 2000 / Accepted 19 October 2000
We present the first results from a time-dependent chemical model to include a gas-phase reaction scheme for producing doubly-deuterated species. Under normal conditions the formation of these species is inefficient. However, when the effects of the freeze out of gas phase species onto grains is included in the chemistry we find that the fractionation of both singly and doubly deuterated species is enhanced.
We compare the predictions from our models with recent observations of deuterated molecules in L134N and find that, contrary to previous expectations, we can reproduce the observed levels of fractionation without recourse to an active grain-surface chemistry.
Key words: ISM: abundances ISM: molecules ISM: clouds ISM: individual objects: LI34N
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Online publication: January 29, 2001