Production and Chemical Analysis of Cometary Ice Tholins

@inproceedings{McDonald1996ProductionAC,
  title={Production and Chemical Analysis of Cometary Ice Tholins},
  author={Gene D. McDonald and L J Whited and Cynthia DeRuiter and Bishun N. Khare and Archita Patnaik and Carl Edward Sagan},
  year={1996}
}
Abstract Organic heteropolymers that we call here ice tholin II have been produced by plasma discharge irradiation of water/methanol/carbon dioxide/ethane cocondensed ices in a rough simulation of cometary chemistry. The radiation yield of these organic heteropolymers is approximately 10 −26 g/eV. Intermediate products including polyalcohols, ethers, esters, carboxylic acids, and hydrocarbons are also produced. No detectable polyoxymethylene is generated in this experiment. Preliminary chemical… CONTINUE READING

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