Detection of abundant solid methanol toward young low mass stars

  title={Detection of abundant solid methanol toward young low mass stars},
  author={Klaus M. Pontoppidan and Emmanuel Dartois and E. F. van Dishoeck and W. F. Thi and Louis D'hendecourt},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
We present detections of the absorption band at $\rm 3.53~\mu m$ due to solid methanol toward three low-mass young stellar objects located in the Serpens and Chameleon molecular cloud complexes. The sources were observed as part of a large spectroscopic survey of  ≈ 40 protostars. This is the first detection of solid methanol in the vicinity of low mass ($M\la 1~M_{\odot}$) young stars and shows that the formation of methanol does not depend on the proximity of massive young stars. The… 

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