Rate Coefficients in Astrochemistry

Proceedings of a Conference held at Umis, Manchester, U.K. September 21–24, 1987

  • T. J. Millar
  • D. A. Williams

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 146)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. David R. Bates, Eric Herbst
    Pages 17-40
  3. Ewine F. van Dishoeck
    Pages 49-72
  4. E. Roueff, H. Abgrall, J. le Bourlot, Y. Viala
    Pages 73-85
  5. Ronald McCarroll
    Pages 87-102
  6. Diethard K. Bohme, Stanislaw Wlodek, Arnold Fox
    Pages 193-200
  7. Michael Henchman, David Smith, Nigel Adams, John F. Paulson, W. Lindinger
    Pages 201-207
  8. Ewine F. van Dishoeck, John H. Black
    Pages 209-237
  9. Eric Herbst
    Pages 239-262
  10. Paul D. Brown, S. B. Charnley, T. J. Millar
    Pages 263-270
  11. D. R. Flower, T. S. Monteiro, G. Pineau des Forêts, E. Roueff
    Pages 271-280

About these proceedings

Introduction

''An atteJDpt has been made to cOll1PlJte the numbers of certain JI10lecules in interstellar space , . . . . A search for the bands of CH, O/{, DR, en and C2 would appear to be proIDising" P Swings and L Rosenfeld Astrophysical Journal 86,483(1937) This may have been the first attempt at modelling interstellar chemistry. As with models today, the methods used lacked reliability, but the speculation was impressive! Mark Twain might well have said of this infant subject "One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact". The detection of unidentified lines around the period that Swings and Rosenfeld were writing provoked much interest, but even the most optimistic speculator could hardly have imagined developments which would occur during the next 50 years. By 1987 about 70 varieties of molecule had been identified in the interstellar and circumstellar regions, They range in complexity from simple diatomics such as H2 and CO to such species as ethanol C2HeDH, acetone (CHs)2CO, and the largest interstellar molecule detected so far, cyano-penta­ acetylene HC11N, The study of these molecules in astronomy has developed enormously, especially over the last 20 years, and is now codified in the new subject of astrochemistry, That such a variety of chemical species should exist in tenuous regions of the Galaxy is fascinating.

Keywords

Accretion LOPES photochemistry stellar

Editors and affiliations

  • T. J. Millar
    • 1
  • D. A. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUMISTManchesterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-3007-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7851-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3007-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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