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Complex organic molecules in the interstellar medium: IRAM 30 m line survey of Sagittarius B2(N) and (M)
The discovery of amino acids in meteorites and the detection of glycine in samples returned from a comet to Earth suggest that the interstellar chemistry is capable of producing such complex organicExpand
Detection of amino acetonitrile in Sgr B2(N)
Context. Amino acids are building blocks of proteins and therefore key ingredients for the origin of life. The simplest amino acid, glycine (NH2CH2COOH), has long been searched for in theExpand
The Cologne Database for Molecular Spectroscopy, CDMS, in the Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre, VAMDC
Abstract The Cologne Database for Molecular Spectroscopy, CDMS, was founded 1998 to provide in its catalog section line lists of mostly molecular species which are or may be observed in variousExpand
Exploring Molecular Complexity with ALMA (EMoCA): Deuterated complex organic molecules in Sagittarius B2(N2)
Deuteration is a powerful tracer of the history of the cold prestellar phase in star forming regions. Apart from methanol, little is known about deuterium fractionation of complex organic moleculesExpand
The ALMA Protostellar Interferometric Line Survey (PILS)
The inner regions of the envelopes surrounding young protostars are characterised by a complex chemistry, with prebiotic molecules present on the scales where protoplanetary disks eventually mayExpand
Increased complexity in interstellar chemistry: detection and chemical modeling of ethyl formate and n-propyl cyanide in Sagittarius B2(N)
Context. In recent years, organic molecules of increasing complexity have been found toward the prolific Galactic center source Sagittarius B2. Aims. We wish to explore the degree of complexity thatExpand
Circumstellar molecular composition of the oxygen-rich AGB star IK Tauri - II. In-depth non-LTE chemical abundance analysis
Context. The interstellar medium is enriched primarily by matter ejected from evolved low and intermediate mass stars. The outflow from these stars creates a circumstellar envelope in which a richExpand
Ubiquitous argonium (ArH + ) in the diffuse interstellar medium: A molecular tracer of almost purely atomic gas
Aims. We describe the assignment of a previously unidentified interstellar absorption line to ArH + and discuss its relevance in the context of hydride absorption in di use gas with a low H2Expand
Discovery of interstellar CF
We discuss the first astronomical detection of the CF + (fluoromethylidynium) ion, obtained by observations of the J = 1− 0 (102.6 GHz), J = 2− 1 (205.2 GHz) and J = 3− 2 (307.7 GHz) rotationalExpand
Exploring molecular complexity with ALMA (EMoCA): Alkanethiols and alkanols in Sagittarius B2(N2)
Context. Over the past five decades, radio astronomy has shown that molecular complexity is a natural outcome of interstellar chemistry, in particular in star forming regions. However, the pathwaysExpand