Laboratory Measurement of Millimeter-wave Transitions of 13CH2DOH for Astronomical Use

Yuki Ohno, Takahiro Oyama, Akemi Tamanai, Shaoshan Zeng, Yoshimasa Watanabe, Riouhei Nakatani, Takeshi Sakai, Nami Sakai

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Abstract

Methanol (CH3OH) is an abundant interstellar species and is known to be an important precursor of various interstellar complex organic molecules. Among the methanol isotopologues, CH2DOH is one of the most abundant isotopologues and it is often used to study the deuterium fractionation of CH3OH in interstellar medium. However, the emission lines of CH2DOH can sometimes be optically thick, making the derivation of its abundance unreliable. Therefore, observations of its presumably optically thin 13C substituted species, 13CH2DOH, are essential to overcome this issue. In this study, the rotational transitions of 13CH2DOH have been measured in the millimeter-wave region from 216 GHz to 264 GHz with an emission-type millimeter- and submillimeter-wave spectrometer by using a deuterium and 13C enriched sample. The frequency accuracy of measured 13CH2DOH is less than a few kHz, and the relative line intensity error is less than 10% in most of the frequency range by taking advantage of the wide simultaneous frequency-coverage of the emission-type spectrometer. These results offer a good opportunity to detect 13CH2DOH in space, which will allow us to study the deuterium fractionation of CH3OH in various sources through accurate determination of the CH2DOH abundance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume932
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jun 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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