Detection of H+3 in interstellar space

@article{Geballe1996DetectionOH,
  title={Detection of H+3 in interstellar space},
  author={T. R. Geballe and Takeshi Oka},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1996},
  volume={384},
  pages={334-335}
}
THE H+3 ion is widely believed to play an important role in interstellar chemistry, by initiating the chains of reactions that lead to the production of many of the complex molecular species observed in the interstellar medium1–5. The presence of H+3 in the interstellar medium was first suggested6 in 1961, and its infrared spectrum was measured7 in the laboratory in 1980. But attempts8–11 to detect it in interstellar space have hitherto proved unsuccessful. Here we report the detection of H+3… Expand
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