Triennial Report, International Astronomical Union, Division VI/Commission 34/Working Group Astrochemistry
Artikel i övrig tidskrift, 2012

The study of molecules in space, known as astrochemistry or molecular astrophysics, is a rapidly growing field. Molecules exist in a wide range of environments in both gaseous and solid form, from our own solar system to the distant early universe. To astronomers, molecules are indispensable and unique probes of the physical conditions and dynamics of regions in which they are detected, especially the interstellar medium. In particular, the many stages of both low-mass and high-mass star formation are better understood today thanks to the analysis of molecular observations. Molecules can also yield a global picture of the past and present of sources. Moreover, molecules affect their environment by contributing to the heating and cooling processes that occur.


E. F. van Dishoeck

Eric Herbst

Yuri Aikawa

John H Black

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik

Geoffrey Blake

P. Caselli

José Cernicharo

G. Garay

M. Guelin

Uffe Grae Jørgensen

John P. Maier

K. M. Menten

Thomas J. Millar

Sun Kwok

Farid Salama

Ian Sims

Amiel Sternberg

Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union

1743-9213 (ISSN) 1743-9221 (eISSN)

Vol. 7 Transactions T28A 236-239


Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi


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Onsala rymdobservatorium



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