First detection of gas-phase methanol in a protoplanetary disk

@article{Walsh2016FirstDO,
  title={First detection of gas-phase methanol in a protoplanetary disk},
  author={Catherine Walsh and Ryan A. Loomis and Karin I. Oberg and Mihkel Kama and Merel L. R. van 't Hoff and Tom J. Millar and Yuri Aikawa and Eric Herbst and Susanna L. Widicus Weaver and Hideko Nomura Leiden Observatory and The Netherlands. and Harvard--Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Usa and School of Mathematics and Physics and Queen's University of Belfast and UK. and Center for Computational Sciences and University of Tsukuba and Japan. and Department of Physical Chemistry and Astronomy and University of Virginia and Department of Physical Chemistry and Emory University and Department of Earth and Planetary Science and Tokyo Institute of Technology},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
  year={2016}
}
The first detection of gas-phase methanol in a protoplanetary disk (TW Hya) is presented. In addition to being one of the largest molecules detected in disks to date, methanol is also the first disk organic molecule with an unambiguous ice chemistry origin. The stacked methanol emission, as observed with ALMA, is spectrally resolved and detected across six velocity channels ($>3 \sigma$), reaching a peak signal-to-noise of $5.5\sigma$, with the kinematic pattern expected for TW~Hya. Using an… Expand

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