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Introduction to Astrochemistry

Chemical Processes in Stars and Planet Formation

Yamamoto, Satoshi

2015, Approx. 250 p. 91 illus., 53 illus. in color.

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  • Draws on fundamental physics and chemistry to furnish an overview of the exotic and complex chemistry occurring in star-forming clouds
  • Provides a basic understanding of astrochemistry, helping readers to better interpret data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA), the first global telescope
  • Describes chemical evolution from interstellar clouds to planetary systems, in contrast to the conventional approach of studying pre-solar materials in the solar system
This important book describes the basic principles of astrochemistry—an interdisciplinary field combining astronomy, physics, and chemistry—with particular emphasis on its physical and chemical background. Chemical processes in diffuse clouds, dense quiescent molecular clouds, star-forming regions, and protoplanetary disks are discussed after a brief introduction to astrochemistry, molecular spectroscopy, and observational techniques. These contents provide astronomers with a comprehensive understanding of how interstellar matter is evolved and brought into stars and planets, which is ultimately related to the origin of the solar system. The subject matter will also be understandable and useful for physical chemists who are interested in exotic chemical processes occurring in extreme physical conditions. The book is a valuable resource for all researchers beginning at the graduate level.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Astrochemistry Explained - Astrochemistry for Observations - Chemical Evolution during Star and Planet Formation - Dust Surface Chemistry - Formation and Destruction of Molecules - Interstellar Molecules and Dust Particles - Planetary Chemistry and ALMA Data - Shock Chemistry

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Geophysics & Geodesy - Physical Chemistry

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Derivation of Molecular Abundances.- Basic Concepts for Gas-phase Chemical Reactions.- Chemistry in Diffuse Clouds.- Chemistry of Molecular Clouds I: Gas-phase Processes.- Chemistry of Molecular Clouds II: Gas-Grain Processes.- Chemistry of Star-forming Regions.- Chemistry of Protoplanetary Disks.- Chemical Evolution from Interstellar Clouds to Star- and Planet- forming Regions.- Appendix 1: Rotational Spectra of Molecules.- Appendix 2: Observational Techniques.

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Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India

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