Carbon monophosphide

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Carbon monophosphide is a diatomic chemical with formula CP. It is cousin of CS and the cyanide radical (CN). CP and CN are both open-shell species with doublet Π ground electronic states while the ground states of CS and CO are closed-shell; the related anion, CP, is called cyaphide.

Detection in interstellar medium[edit]

The simple diatomic radical carbon monophosphide (CP) was detected in the circumstellar envelope of the star IRC +10216 in 1990;[1] the identification was made by matching 10 rotational lines observed with the IRAM 30m radiotelescope.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Free CP in IRC +10216". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 230: L9. 1990. Bibcode:1990A&A...230L...9G.
  2. ^ "CAS 12326-85-1: Carbon monophosphide". www.caslab.com. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Astromolecule of the month". www.astrochymist.org. Retrieved 12 July 2018.