Introduction to Astrochemistry: Chemical Evolution from Interstellar Clouds to Star and Planet Formation

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Springer, Feb 13, 2017 - Science - 286 pages

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. A brief introduction to molecular spectroscopy and observational techniques is also presented. 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.


 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Derivation of Molecular Abundances
11
Basic Concepts for GasPhase Chemical Reactions
37
Chemistry of Diffuse Clouds
65
Chemistry of Molecular Clouds I Gas Phase Processes
91
Chemistry of Molecular Clouds II GasGrain Processes
131
Chemistry of StarForming Regions
161
Chemistry of Protoplanetary Disks
205
Chemical Evolution from Interstellar Clouds to Star and Planet Forming Regions
227
Appendix 1 Rotational Spectra of Molecules
233
Appendix 2 Observational Techniques
252
Solution to Problems
267
Index
283
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Satoshi Yamamoto, Professor
Division of Physics
The University of Tokyo

-ALMA Annual External Review Committee
-Stealing Committee for National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
-SOC Chair for International Symposium “30 years of Nobeyama Radio Observatory”

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