Phosphorus mononitride

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Space-filling model of the PN molecule

Phosphorus mononitride is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula PN. Containing only phosphorus and nitrogen, this material is classified as a binary nitride.

It is the first identified phosphorus compound in the interstellar medium.[1]

It is an important molecule in interstellar medium and the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn.[2]

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  1. ^ Turner, B. E.; John Bally (1987), "Detection of interstellar PN - The first identified phosphorus compound in the interstellar medium", Astrophysical Journal Letters, 321 (1): L75–L79, Bibcode:1987ApJ...321L..75T, doi:10.1086/185009
  2. ^ Viana, Rommel B.; Priscila S.S. Pereira (2009), "A quantum chemical study on the formation of phosphorus mononitride", Chemical Physics, 363 (1–3): 49–58, Bibcode:2009CP....363...49V, doi:10.1016/j.chemphys.2009.07.008