Comets and the Origin of Life: Proceedings of the Fifth by Fred L. Whipple (auth.), Cyril Ponnamperuma (eds.)

By Fred L. Whipple (auth.), Cyril Ponnamperuma (eds.)

The go back of Halley's Cornet in 1986 has generated a lot ex­ citement within the medical group with arrangements already afoot for a world Cornet Watch and a cornet release by means of the ecu house group, the japanese and Soviet house Scientists. The meet­ ing held on the college of Maryland in October 1980 was once basically encouraged via the arrangements for additional examine of this cornet and by means of some of the most vital unanswered questions relating to comets, identify­ ly, whether or not they can have made a eontribution to the foundation of lifestyles on the earth. Our un"derstanding of the position of comets within the starting place of lifestyles needs to inevitably come from our experiences of the astronomy and the chem­ istry of comets. a few clues to the techniques which resulted in the for­ mation of natural molecules and finally to the looks of existence have come from those experiences of comets, probably the main historical of all items in our sunlight process. even if there's, although, a biology of comets nonetheless continues to be noticeable, even supposing a few claims were made that maybe comets may possibly themselves offer an atmosphere for even the beginnings of lifestyles. Scientists with the most recent on hand details on comets and differing critiques as to the position of comets within the foundation of existence attended this symposium. The formal papers provided are actually being made to be had to the scholars of chemical evolution in the pages of this volume.

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They have been made for a number of comets covering a large range in heliocentric distance. The different observations agree quite well with each other and so we have consistent and good observational material. These observations indicated two things: (i) the relative band-sequence flux ratios appeared to be the same for alI comets and (ii) they also appeared to be independent of the heliocentric distance. THEORETICAL ATTEMPTS Numerous attempts have been made to explain the observed bandsequence flux ratios of Swan bands in comets (Stockhausen and Osterbrock, 1965; Arpigny, 1965, 1966; Gebel, 1970).

To investigate this problem, the ratio of (Swan/Phillips) bands were calculated as a function of ~E, the energy separation between the singlet and triplet ground states. The results for two values of ~E are shown in Table 2. As can be seen, the population in the singlet and triplet states is a strong Table 2. Variation of Intensity Ratio with ~E(cm -1 ) Swan (0,0) Phillips (0,0) 714 2000 1. 7(-1) ~E function of ~E. As the energy separation increases, the intensity of the singlet series increases compared to that of triplet series and finally it takes over.

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