Efficient simulations of gas-grain chemistry in interstellar clouds

Azi Lipshtat*, Ofer Biham

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The multiplane method for the simulation of the master equation of grain-surface chemistry in interstellar clouds, was introduced. The method was tested by comparing its results to those obtained from the complete master equation set. The multiplane method enabled the incorporation of the master equation in models of interstellar chemistry, providing accurate results for the production rates of molecules on interstellar dust grains. It was found that for complex reaction networks, this method achieved a great reduction in the number of equations.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number170601
Pages (from-to)170601-1-170601-4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2004

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This work was supported by the Adler Foundation for Space Research of the Israel Science Foundation.


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