HCN Production in Titan’s Atmosphere: Coupling Quantum Chemistry and Disequilibrium Atmospheric Modeling

  title={HCN Production in Titan’s Atmosphere: Coupling Quantum Chemistry and Disequilibrium Atmospheric Modeling},
  author={Ben K. D. Pearce and Karan Molaverdikhani and Ralph Egon Pudritz and Th. Henning and Eric H'ebrard},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is a critical reactive source of nitrogen for building key biomolecules relevant for the origin of life. Still, many HCN reactions remain uncharacterized by experiments and theory, and the complete picture of HCN production in planetary atmospheres is not fully understood. To improve this situation, we develop a novel technique making use of computational quantum chemistry, experimental data, and atmospheric numerical simulations. First, we use quantum chemistry… 
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