We report extensive theoretical calculations on the rotation-inversion excitation of interstellar ammonia (NH3) due to collisions with atomic and molecular hydrogen (both para- and ortho-H2). Close-coupling calculations are performed for total energies in the range 1-2000 cm-1 and rotational cross-sections are obtained for all transitions amongst the lowest 17 and 34 rotation-inversion levels of ortho- and para-NH3, respectively. Rate coefficients are deduced for kinetic temperatures up to 200 K. Propensity rules for the three colliding partners are discussed and we also compare the new results to previous calculations for the spherically symmetrical He and para-H2 projectiles. Significant differences are found between the different sets of calculations. Finally, we test the impact of the new rate coefficients on the calibration of the ammonia thermometer. We find that the calibration curve is only weakly sensitive to the colliding partner and we confirm that the ammonia thermometer is robust.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- September 2017
- molecular data - molecular processes - radiative transfer;
- ISM: molecules;
- Physics - Chemical Physics;
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics