Cometary Isotopic Measurements
Journal article, 2015

Isotopic ratios in comets provide keys for the understanding of the origin of cometary material, and the physical and chemical conditions in the early Solar Nebula. We review here measurements acquired on the D/H, 14N/15N, 16O/18O, 12C/13C, and 32S/34S ratios in cometary grains and gases, and discuss their cosmogonic implications. The review includes analyses of potential cometary material available in collections on Earth, recent measurements achieved with the Herschel Space Observatory, large optical telescopes, and Rosetta, as well as recent results obtained from models of chemical-dynamical deuterium fractionation in the early solar nebula. Prospects for future measurements are presented.




D. Bockelée-Morvan

Paris Diderot University

Ursina Calmonte

University of Bern

S. B. Charnley

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Jean Duprat

Centre de Sciences Nucleaires et de Sciences de la Matiere

Cécile Engrand

Centre de Sciences Nucleaires et de Sciences de la Matiere

Adeline Gicquel

Max Planck Society

Myrtha Hässig

Southwest Research Institute

Emmanuel Jehin

University of Liège

Hideyo Kawakita

Kyoto Sangyo University

Bernard Marty

University of Lorraine

S. Milam

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Andrew Morse

Open University

Philippe Rousselot

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

Simon Sheridan

Open University

Eva Wirström

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics

Space Science Reviews

0038-6308 (ISSN) 1572-9672 (eISSN)

Vol. 197 1-4 47-83

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Physical Sciences

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology


Basic sciences



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