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Statistical modelling of NH+/ND+ + H2/HD/D2 branching ratios

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In this work we study hydrogen isotope fractionation along the proposed gas-phase ammonia formation pathway at temperatures relevant to interstellar modelling. Specifically we study the isotopically substituted variants of the NH+ + H2 reaction, for which the primary product is NH2+ + H. Adiabatic capture theory calculations have been performed for the association reaction. A new potential-energy surface has been determined for the NH2+ product. An extensive set of rovibrational energy levels has been calculated for the NH2+ isotopologues described by this potential-energy surface. These rovibrational energy levels have been used to determine energy- and angular-momentum-resolved numbers of accessible product states from the NH3+ isotopologue intermediates, which in turn have been averaged to give statistical branching fractions for all isotopically-substituted NH+ + H2 reactions. It is determined that in all cases where both hydrogen and deuterium are present, the NHD+ product is preferred.

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28 Jan 2008
06 Mar 2008
First published
08 Apr 2008

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2008,10, 3000-3013
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Statistical modelling of NH+/ND+ + H2/HD/D2 branching ratios

T. J. Frankcombe and G. Nyman, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2008, 10, 3000
DOI: 10.1039/B801384E

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