Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

2015 Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James (Jim) CleavesII, Daniele L. Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Daniel Rouan, Tilman Spohn, Stéphane Tirard, Michel Viso

Refractory Molecule

  • William M. Irvine
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-44185-5_1361


A molecule with a very high  sublimation temperature is termed refractory. Such molecules condense at high temperature in the  solar nebula or in stellar envelopes; they include silicon carbide and iron and magnesium silicates that are thought to form the cores of many  interstellar dust particles.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA