Interstellar Reservoirs of Cometary Matter
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- Charnley, S.B. & Rodgers, S.D. Space Sci Rev (2008) 138: 59. doi:10.1007/s11214-008-9331-6
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We review the evidence for the products of interstellar chemistry in volatile cometary matter. We compare the organic inventory of star-forming cores with that measured in various comets and point out the similarities and differences. The conditions necessary to fractionate interstellar molecules in the heavier isotopes of H, C, O and N are summarised and compared to the measured fractionation ratios in cometary ices. We give a list of future measurements that would shed further light on the putative connection between cometary and interstellar molecules.