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Adv Space Res. 1995;16(2):9-16.

Origin of organic matter in the protosolar nebula and in comets.

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  • 1Laboratory Astrophysics, Sterrewacht Leiden, The Netherlands.


Comet organics are traced to their origin in interstellar space. Possible sources of comet organics from solar nebula chemistry are briefly discussed. The infrared spectra of interstellar dust are compared with spectra of solar (space) irradiated laboratory organic residues and with meteorites. The spectra compare very favorably. The atomic composition of first generation laboratory organic residues compares favorably with that of comet Halley organics if divided into appropriate "volatile" (less refractory) and "refractory" (more refractory) complex organics.

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