We investigate new approaches to the deuteration of C3H2, HC3N and HC5N in dark clouds, following the suggestion that protonated HC3N might form different isomers, a linear structure (HC3NH+) being the most stable. We consider the effect of linear HC3NH+ and HC5NH+ on the formation of HC3N and HC5N, and find that deuteration ratios at approximately 10 K are reduced, in the case of HC3N to values significantly below those observed, such that a deuteration mechanism other than direct deuteron transfer is probably required for cold clouds.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|