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Paper: EMoCA: Exploring Molecular Complexity with ALMA
Volume: 499, Revolution in Astronomy with ALMA: The Third Year
Page: 181
Authors: Belloche, A.; Garrod, R. T.; Müller, H. S. P.; Menten, K. M.
Abstract: One of the key sites to search for complex organic molecules in the interstellar medium has turned out to be the hot core Sgr B2(N). We present the project EMoCA, a spectral line survey conducted toward this source with ALMA. We aim at deciphering the molecular content of Sgr B2(N) in order to test predictions of state-of-the-art astrochemical numerical simulations and improve our understanding of interstellar chemistry. An initial result of EMoCA is the first detection in space of a branched alkyl molecule. This detection establishes a further link between interstellar chemistry and meteorites and bodes well for the presence of amino acids in the interstellar medium.
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