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Observational constraints on methanol production in interstellar and preplanetary ices

Authors
  • Dcb, Whittet
  • A M, Cook
  • Eric, Herbst
  • Jean Chiar
  • S S, Shenoy
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Astrophysical Journal
Publisher
American Astronomical Society
Publication Date
Nov 02, 2011
Volume
742
Issue
1
Pages
28–28
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

Methanol (CH 3 OH) is thought to be an important link in the chain of chemical evolution that leads from simple diatomic interstellar molecules to complex organic species in protoplanetary disks that may be delivered to the surfaces of Earthlike planets. Previous research has shown that CH 3 OH forms in the interstellar medium predominantly on the surfaces of dust grains. To enhance our understanding of the conditions that lead to its efficient production, we assemble a homogenized catalog of published detections and ...

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