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H3+ at the interface between astrochemistry and astroparticle physics.
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PMID:  23028160     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
The H(3)(+) molecular ion has been used by Oka and collaborators to trace the rate of ionization by cosmic rays in the interstellar medium. More energetic cosmic rays also produce diffuse γ-radiation. Now that several supernova remnants (SNRs) have been identified as γ-ray sources, it is possible to use spectroscopy of molecular ions to search for enhanced ionization rates that would pinpoint the SNRs as the accelerators of cosmic rays. It is proposed that the warm, dilute molecular gas revealed by H(3)(+) absorption in the central molecular zone of the Galaxy can also be investigated via radio recombination lines of atoms and possibly triatomic hydrogen.
John H Black
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Type:  Journal Article    
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Title:  Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences     Volume:  370     ISSN:  1364-503X     ISO Abbreviation:  Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  2012-11-13     Revised Date:  2013-04-24    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101133385     Medline TA:  Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5130-41     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Onsala Space Observatory, 43992 Onsala, Sweden.
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