Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 86, Issue 1, pp 63–69

Organo-siliceous biomolecules and the infrared spectrum of the Trapezium nebula

  • F. Hoyle
  • N. C. Wickramasinghe
  • S. Al-Mufti
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00651830

Cite this article as:
Hoyle, F., Wickramasinghe, N.C. & Al-Mufti, S. Astrophys Space Sci (1982) 86: 63. doi:10.1007/BF00651830

Abstract

A close correspondence exists between the infrared properties of a mixed culture of diatoms and the infrared spectrum of dust in the Trapezium nebula. We argue that this correspondence points to a cosmic microbiological system in which organo-siliceous polymers are an abundant constituent. The high content of Si relative to Mg found in the Earth's crust and in Lunar and Martian surface material is readily explained on the basis of accretion of silicon-rich microbiology.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Co 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Hoyle
    • 1
  • N. C. Wickramasinghe
    • 1
  • S. Al-Mufti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics and AstronomyUniversity CollegeCardiffWales

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