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2020ApJ...895...86G - Astrophys. J., 895, 86-86 (2020/June-1)

Identification of prebiotic molecules containing peptide-like bonds in a hot molecular core, G10.47+0.03.


Abstract (from CDS):

After hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, nitrogen is one of the most chemically active species in the interstellar medium. Nitrogen-bearing molecules are very important as they are actively involved in the formation of biomolecules. Therefore, it is essential to look for nitrogen-bearing species in various astrophysical sources, specifically around high-mass star-forming regions where the evolutionary history is comparatively poorly understood. In this paper, we report on the observation of three potential prebiotic molecules, namely, isocyanic acid (HNCO), formamide (NH2CHO), and methyl isocyanate (CH3NCO), which contain peptide-like bonds (-NH-C(=O)-) in a hot molecular core, G10.47 + 0.03 (hereafter, G10). Along with the identification of these three complex nitrogen-bearing species, we speculate on their spatial distribution in the source and discuss their possible formation pathways under such conditions. A rotational diagram method under local thermodynamic equilibrium has been employed to estimate the excitation temperature and the column density of the observed species. The Markov Chain Monte Carlo method was used to obtain the best-suited physical parameters of G10 as well as line properties of some species. We also determined the hydrogen column density and the optical depth for a different continuum observed in various frequency ranges. Finally, based on these observational results, we have constructed a chemical model to explain the observational findings. We found that HNCO, NH2CHO, and CH3NCO are chemically linked with each other.

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Journal keyword(s): Pre-biotic astrochemistry - Star formation - Interstellar medium - Astronomy data analysis - Radiative transfer simulations - Chemical abundances - Massive stars - High mass x-ray binary stars - Protostars

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