How do Molecules Form in Star-forming Regions?
Kinsuk Acharyya University of Virginia
Host: Gianfranco Vidali
More than 150 different gas phase molecules and around 20 molecular species on the grain surface have been detected in various regions of the Interstellar Medium (ISM). Many of these molecules are organic, and therefore important astro-biologically. These molecules range in complexity from diatomic H2 to a 15-atom linear nitrile, HC13N. I will discuss how these molecules are formed in a variety of astrophysical sources, with an emphasis on their formation in the star forming regions.
Numerical techniques we developed to study the formation of these molecules include the rate equation method, as well as several more detailed stochastic methods, based upon either the direct solution of the master equation or a Monte Carlo realization of the problem. In this talk, I will present results obtained for diffuse clouds and dust grain mantle compositions, and will discuss their dependence on various physical parameters associated with a star forming region.