Seeds of Life in Space (SOLIS): The Organic Composition Diversity at 300-1000 au Scale in Solar-type Star-forming Regions

C. Ceccarelli, P. Caselli, F. Fontani, R. Neri, A. López-Sepulcre, C. Codella, S. Feng, I. Jiménez-Serra, B. Lefloch, J. E. Pineda, C. Vastel, F. Alves, R. Bachiller, N. Balucani, E. Bianchi, L. Bizzocchi, S. Bottinelli, E. Caux, A. Chacón-Tanarro, R. ChoudhuryA. Coutens, F. Dulieu, C. Favre, P. Hily-Blant, J. Holdship, C. Kahane, A. Jaber Al-Edhari, J. Laas, J. Ospina, Y. Oya, L. Podio, A. Pon, A. Punanova, D. Quenard, A. Rimola, N. Sakai, I. R. Sims, S. Spezzano, V. Taquet, L. Testi, P. Theulé, P. Ugliengo, A. I. Vasyunin, S. Viti, L. Wiesenfeld, S. Yamamoto

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© 2017. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Complex organic molecules have been observed for decades in the interstellar medium. Some of them might be considered as small bricks of the macromolecules at the base of terrestrial life. It is hence particularly important to understand organic chemistry in Solar-like star-forming regions. In this article, we present a new observational project: Seeds Of Life In Space (SOLIS). This is a Large Project using the IRAM-NOEMA interferometer, and its scope is to image the emission of several crucial organic molecules in a sample of Solar-like star-forming regions in different evolutionary stages and environments. Here we report the first SOLIS results, obtained from analyzing the spectra of different regions of the Class 0 source NGC 1333-IRAS4A, the protocluster OMC-2 FIR4, and the shock site L1157-B1. The different regions were identified based on the images of formamide (NH2CHO) and cyanodiacetylene (HC5N) lines. We discuss the observed large diversity in the molecular and organic content, both on large (3000-10,000 au) and relatively small (300-1000 au) scales. Finally, we derive upper limits to the methoxy fractional abundance in the three observed regions of the same order of magnitude of that measured in a few cold prestellar objects, namely ∼1012-10-11 with respect to H2 molecules.
Original languageEnglish
Article number176
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • ISM: abundances
  • ISM: clouds
  • ISM: molecules
  • radio lines: ISM


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