Parent and Daughter Molecular Emission in Comet Hale-Bopp

TIP Last Changed: JeffMangum - 13 May 2008

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To Do

  1. Read background information on comet structure, evolution, etc.
  2. Research past measurements and analysis of molecular emission from coments.
  3. Read background information on the use of molecules as probes of physical conditions in comets.
  4. Peruse HCN, CO, H2CO, and HCO+ image cubes.
  5. Analyze parent/daughter properties of molecules under study.


Measurements of the CO, HCN, H2CO, and HCO+ emission distribution from comet Hale-Bopp during perihelion passage in March and April 1997 measured a wide range of emission intensities and distributions. Within these measurements lie clues to the formation and evolution of molecular species in comets, which can lead to information on the constituents of the pre-solar nebula. The analysis of these measurements will result in a better understand of parent and daughter species formation and evolution in comets.


Notes and Reports

Topic revision: r1 - 2008-05-13, JeffMangum
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