Publication Date



Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XXXII


This paper continues our effort to under-stand the condensation of carbon solids in a gas of pure C and O atoms when these exist within the interior of an expanding young supernova. This setting has a sufficiently large number of energetic electrons that the CO molecule is disrupted with a lifetime of a few months, causing the abundance of CO to be no greater than 1% or so of the C abundance. As a consequence, the CO molecule cannot consume the available C atoms, even when the O abundance exceeds that of C