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Research on Astrochemistry

Led by Prof. Ben McCall, the astrochemical work focuses primarily on the development and application of new molecular probes of the interstellar medium. In the laboratory, the team measure the high-resolution spectra of molecules that are thought to be important in interstellar chemistry, and the team also measure the rate coefficients of astrochemically important reactions. Using large telescopes from the optical to the mid-infrared to the millimeter-wave, the team search for new interstellar molecules, try to identify unassigned astronomical transitions, and use known interstellar molecules to better understand the physical conditions (density, temperature, cosmic-ray flux) and the chemical pathways in interstellar clouds.

  • Dr. Douglas Friedel's homepage.
  • Prof. Ben McCall's homepage.
  • Group Members