The molecular universe

H J Fraser, M R S McCoustra, D A Williams

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Abstract

Molecules play a fundamental role in many regions of our universe. The science where chemistry and astronomy overlap is known as astrochemistry, a branch of astronomy that has risen in importance over recent years. In this article we review the significance of chemistry in several astronomical environments including the early universe, interstellar clouds, star-forming regions and protoplanetary disks. We discuss theoretical models, laboratory experiments and observational data, and present several recent and exciting results that challenge our perception of the molecular universe".

LanguageEnglish
Pages10-18
Number of pages9
JournalAstronomy and Geophysics
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2002

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Keywords

  • band spectrum
  • carbon stars
  • redshift
  • molecules

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Fraser, H. J., McCoustra, M. R. S., & Williams, D. A. (2002). The molecular universe. Astronomy and Geophysics , 43(2), 10-18. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1468-4004.2002.43210.x
Fraser, H J ; McCoustra, M R S ; Williams, D A . / The molecular universe. In: Astronomy and Geophysics . 2002 ; Vol. 43, No. 2. pp. 10-18.
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The molecular universe. / Fraser, H J ; McCoustra, M R S ; Williams, D A .

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Fraser HJ, McCoustra MRS, Williams DA. The molecular universe. Astronomy and Geophysics . 2002 Apr;43(2):10-18. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1468-4004.2002.43210.x