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Title: Quantum chemical rovibrational data for the interstellar detection of c-C{sub 3}H{sup -}

The anion chemistry of the interstellar medium (ISM) has almost exclusively been limited to linear hydrocarbons and cyanocarbons. Of the hydrocarbons, only the even n C {sub n}H{sup –} chains have been detected in the ISM, and lines hypothesized to originate with b-C{sub 3}H{sup –} have been conclusively linked to the corresponding cation, as originally claimed. However, no reason has yet been provided as to why other anions cannot form, and the cyclic form of C{sub 3}H{sup –} is actually the lowest-energy isomer on the anion's potential energy surface. As such, this work provides the necessary rovibrational reference data for the potential detection of this anion in the ISM or related laboratory experiments. Improvements over previously calculated rovibrational spectroscopic constants are contained herein along with graphical depictions of the pure rotational spectra at 100 K, 40 K, 20 K, and 2.7 K.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Department of Chemistry, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30460 (United States)
  2. SETI Institute, 189 Bernardo Avenue, Suite 100, Mountain View, CA 94043 (United States)
  3. Department of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (United States)
  4. NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22370116
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 796; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ANIONS; ASTROPHYSICS; CARBON COMPOUNDS; CATIONS; CHAINS; COSMOLOGY; DETECTION; HYDROCARBONS; INTERSTELLAR SPACE; ISOMERS; MOLECULES; SPECTRA; SURFACES