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Paper: Observing the Effects of Chemistry on Exoplanets and Planet Formation
Monograph: 7, Science with a Next Generation Very Large Array
Page: 217
Authors: McGuire, B. A.; Bergin, E.; Blake, G. A.; Burkhardt, A. M.; Cleeves, L. I.; Loomis, R. A.; Remijan, A. J.; Shingledecker, C. N.; Willis, E. R.
Abstract: One of the primary mechanisms for inferring the dynamical history of planets in our Solar System and in exoplanetary systems is through observation of elemental ratios (i.e., C/O). The ability to effectively use these observations relies critically on a robust understanding of the chemistry and evolutionary history of the observed abundances. Significant efforts have been devoted to this area from within astrochemistry circles, and these efforts should be supported going forward by the larger exoplanetary science community. In addition, the construction of a next-generation radio interferometer will be required to test many of these predictive models in situ, while simultaneously providing the resolution necessary to pinpoint the location of planets in formation.
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