ASTROCHEMISTRY

A new take on circumstellar carbon chemistry

For years, much of our understanding of the formation of circumstellar aromatic molecules has been based on laboratory flame studies. Now, results acquired using a novel experimental technique suggest that circumstellar aromatics might not be formed under the conditions we thought they were.

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Fig. 1: The carbon star U Antliae.

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Gatchell, M. A new take on circumstellar carbon chemistry. Nat Astron 4, 21–22 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-019-0925-6

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