A new chemical model of the circumstellar envelope surrounding the carbon-rich star IRC+10216 has been developed. This model incorporates a variety of newly measured rapid neutral-neutral reactions between carbon atoms and hydrocarbons and between the radical CN and a variety of stable neutral molecules. In addition, other neutral-neutral reactions in the above two classes or involving atoms such as N or radicals such as C(2n)H have been included with large rate coefficients although they have not yet been studied in the laboratory. Unlike the interstellar case, where the inclusion of these neutral-neutral reactions destroys molecular complexity, our model results for IRC+10216 show that sufficient abundances of large hydrocarbon radicals and cyanpolyynes can be produced to explain observations. We also discuss the formation of H2CN and NH2CN, two potentially observable molecules in IRC+10216.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Astronomy and Astrophysics|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|