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Dissertation

The astrochemical factory: A solid base for interstellar reactions

In this thesis chemical and physical processes in the ice mantles on interstellar dust grains are studied.

Author
Ligterink, N.F.W.
Date
18 December 2017
Links
Thesis in Leiden Repository

In this thesis chemical and physical processes in the ice mantles on interstellar dust grains are studied. With the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array molecules of interest to the formation of bigger, life-bearing molecules are detected for the first time around the sun-like low-mass protostar IRAS 16293-2422. These detections give clues about the earliest conditions our solar system formed under and potentially how life on earth emerged. Laboratory studies investigate the formation of these complex species in a laboratory set-up mimicking the conditions on interstellar icy dust grains. In this ways formation routes for molecules with a so-called amide functional group are mapped.

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