Tuesday, April 30, 2013

1304.7629 (Sun Kwok et al.)

Unidentified Infrared Emission bands: PAHs or MAONs?    [PDF]

Sun Kwok, Yong Zhang
We suggest that the carrier of the unidentified infrared emission (UIE) bands is an amorphous carbonaceous solid with mixed aromatic/aliphatic structures, rather than free-flying polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules. Through spectral fittings of the astronomical spectra of the UIE bands, we show that a significant amount of the energy is emitted by the aliphatic component, implying that aliphatic groups are an essential part of the chemical structure. Arguments in favor of an amorphous, solid-state structure rather than a gas-phase molecule as a carrier of the UIE are also presented.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1304.7629

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