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Interstellar Molecules

Their Laboratory and Interstellar Habitat

  • Koichi M. T. Yamada
  • Gisbert Winnewisser


  • Comprehensive overview

  • Written by experts

  • Focuses on selected topics


Part of the Springer Tracts in Modern Physics book series (STMP, volume 241)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Koichi M. T. Yamada, Gisbert Winnewisser
    Pages 1-26
  3. Karl M. Menten, Friedrich Wyrowski
    Pages 27-42
  4. Koichi M. T. Yamada, Per Jensen, Nobukimi Ohashi
    Pages 43-178
  5. Thomas F. Giesen, Karl Jacobs
    Pages 179-217
  6. Koichi M. T. Yamada, Gisbert Winnewisser
    Pages 219-223
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-230

About this book


This book deals with the astrophysics and spectroscopy of the interstellar molecules. In the introduction, overview and history of interstellar observations are described in order to help understanding how the modern astrophysics and molecular spectroscopy have been developed interactively. The recent progress in the study of this field, after the 4th Cologne-Bonn-Zermatt symposium 2003 is briefly summarized. Furthermore, the basic knowledge of molecular spectroscopy, which is essential to correctly comprehend the astrophysical observations, is presented in a compact form.


Astrophysics Interstellar molecules Molecular spectroscopy Radio astronomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Koichi M. T. Yamada
    • 1
  • Gisbert Winnewisser
    • 2
  1. 1.Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), Research Inst. EnvironmentalNational Institute of AdvancedTsukuba, IbarakiJapan
  2. 2.MerzhausenGermany

About the editors

To the memory of Gisbert Winnewisser

Gisbert, a talented scientist, an excellent supervisor, and a charismatic leader in the fields of molecular spectroscopy and astrophysics, passed away on March 21, 2011. This sad news arrived while we were busy proofreading the present volume. We are all in deep grief, but take some small comfort in the fact that we are now able to publish this book which he initiated.

K. Yamada 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Interstellar Molecules
  • Book Subtitle Their Laboratory and Interstellar Habitat
  • Editors Koichi M. T. Yamada
    Gisbert Winnewisser
  • Series Title Springer Tracts in Modern Physics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Tracts Mod.Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-16267-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-26770-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-16268-8
  • Series ISSN 0081-3869
  • Series E-ISSN 1615-0430
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 230
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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