Publication Abstract

A Survey of Large Molecules Toward the Protoplanetary Nebula CRL 618

Anthony J. Remijan, Friedrich Wyrowski, D. N. Friedel, D. S. Meier, and L. E. Snyder

We present the results of our survey toward the protoplanetary nebula CRL 618 for several large, highly saturated, oxygen bearing organic molecules of biological importance including acetaldehyde (CH3CHO), acetic acid (CH3COOH), dimethyl ether (CH3OCH3), ethanol (CH3CH2OH), formic acid (HCOOH) and methyl formate (HCOOCH3); large carbon chain molecules including methyl cyanide (CH3CN), methylcyanoacetylene (CH3C3N), cyanoacetylene (HC3N), cyanodiacetylene (HC5N), and C6H; and finally smaller molecules including 34SO, SO2, OC34S and MgNC. No biologically important organic molecules were detected. However, we report the first interferometric detections of CH3CN and vibrationally excited HC3N and HC5N toward this source. Also, we compare the upper limits of the column densities of the molecular species that were not detected to the predicted column densities based on gas phase formation models.

Presented at the 60th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, June 2005

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