Detection of the aromatic molecule benzonitrile (c-C6H5CN) in the interstellar medium

@article{McGuire2018DetectionOT,
  title={Detection of the aromatic molecule benzonitrile (c-C6H5CN) in the interstellar medium},
  author={B. McGuire and A. Burkhardt and S. Kalenskii and C. Shingledecker and A. Remijan and E. Herbst and M. McCarthy},
  journal={Science},
  year={2018},
  volume={359},
  pages={202 - 205}
}
A specific interstellar aromatic molecule Aromatic molecules such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are known to exist in the interstellar medium owing to their characteristic infrared emission features. However, the infrared emission only indicates the general class of molecule, and identifying which specific molecular species are present is difficult. McGuire et al. used radio astronomy to detect rotational transitions of benzonitrile emitted from a well-known nearby cloud of… Expand
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