Chemistry in oxygen-rich circumstellar envelopes

K. Willacy, TJ Millar

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We have considered the chemistry occuring in the circumstellar envelope surrounding an oxygen-rich AGE star and have specifically modelled 4 sources; R Dor, TX Cam, OH231.8+4.2 and IK Tau. Methane has been assumed to be a parent molecule and the resulting carbon chemistry is investigated. We find that carbon chain molecules up to C2H4 can be abundant as can CH3CN and CH3OH. Our model extends previous work by including the chemistry of silicon, chlorine and phosphorus. The presence of CH4 as a parent and hence its daughter species CH3 and CH3+ leads to other carbon-bearing species such as H2CS, SiCH2, H2CN and CCl.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-248
Number of pages12
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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