Photochemistry
Book chapter, 2011

Photochemistry refers to the processes by which energy is transferred from electromagnetic radiation (in practice mainly ultraviolet and visible light) into chemical activity in gases, solid particles, and living matter. Photochemical processes partly control the initial conditions for the formation of stars and planets, they may leave traces of the early chemical evolution of planetary systems in the abundances of isotopes, they regulate the input of stellar energy into atmospheres of planets, and they play important roles in the chemistry of living organisms on Earth.

astrochemistry

astrobiology

biogeoscience

biochemistry

planetology

Author

John H Black

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics

Encyclopedia of Astrobiology. Editors: Muriel Gargaud, Ricardo Amils, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Henderson James (Jim) Cleaves, William M. Irvine, Daniele L. Pinti and Michel Viso

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Subject Categories

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology

Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences

Other Biological Topics

Roots

Basic sciences

Areas of Advance

Life Science Engineering (2010-2018)

DOI

10.1007/978-3-642-11274-4

ISBN

978-3-642-11274-4

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Created

10/8/2017