Organic and volatile elements in the solar system
Laboratoire de Minéralogie et Cosmochimie du Muséum, UMR CNRS 7202, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, CP 52, 57 rue Cuvier, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France
Chondrites and comets have accreted primitive materials from the early solar system. Those materials include organics, water and other volatile components. The most primitive chondrites and comets have undergone few modifications on their respective parent bodies and can deliver to laboratories components that were present at the origin of the protosolar nebula. Here I present a review of the organic material and volatile components that have been studied in the most primitive chondrites, and the last data from the stardust mission about the cometary record. This paper focuses on materials that can be studied in laboratories, by mass spectrometry, ion probes or organic chemistry techniques.
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