Astrochemistry: Overview and Challenges

By Keith Cowing
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October 17, 2017
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Astrochemistry: Overview and Challenges

This paper provides a brief overview of the journey of molecules through the Cosmos, from local diffuse interstellar clouds and PDRs to distant galaxies, and from cold dark clouds to hot star-forming cores, protoplanetary disks, planetesimals and exoplanets.

Recent developments in each area are sketched and the importance of connecting astronomy with chemistry and other disciplines is emphasized. Fourteen challenges for the field of Astrochemistry in the coming decades are formulated.

Ewine F. van Dishoeck
(Submitted on 16 Oct 2017)

Comments: 20 pages, 5 figures, to appear in IAU Symposium 332 “Astrochemistry VII: Through the Cosmos from Galaxies to Planets”, eds. M. Cunningham, T.J. Millar, Y. Aikawa
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:1710.05940 [astro-ph.GA] (or arXiv:1710.05940v1 [astro-ph.GA] for this version)
Submission history
From: Ewine F. van Dishoeck
[v1] Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:04:32 GMT (2930kb,D)

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