Author(s): , , , ,
Institution(s): 1. Leiden Observatory, 2. University of Nottingham, 3. University of Tokyo
Anomalous microwave emission (AME) is a major puzzle in studies of the interstellar medium. The precise nature of the AME carrier is still a matter of active research and studies to identify candidate species are important in understanding how AME relates to other chemical and physical processes occurring within the interstellar medium. This work presents deprotonated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a variety of large anionic carbonaceous molecules with strong permanent electric dipole moments, as potential candidate AME carriers. Theoretical studies find these molecules to be able to form and persist in the dense interstellar environments where AME is typically observed. Implications of the existence of this class of molecules are discussed in terms of physical and chemical processes in dense molecular clouds.