Space Science Reviews

, Volume 138, Issue 1–4, pp 59–73 | Cite as

Interstellar Reservoirs of Cometary Matter

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Abstract

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.

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Comets Radio lines: solar system ISM: molecules Solar system: formation Astrochemistry 

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  1. 1.Space Science & Astrobiology Division, MS 245-3NASA Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA

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