Introduction to Astrochemistry

Chemical Evolution from Interstellar Clouds to Star and Planet Formation

  • Satoshi Yamamoto

Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 283-286

About this book


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.


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

Authors and affiliations

  • Satoshi Yamamoto
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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