Molecules from clouds to disks and planets

Organisé par le section de Bretagne

Les conférences de l'Institut de Physique de Rennes

Mardi 26 février 2019

12H15- Le Diapason 

Molecules from clouds to disks and planets 



Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, the Netherlands

The discovery of thousands of planets around stars other than our Sun has revived age-old questions on how these exo-planets form and which chemical ingredients are available to build them. Star formation and chemistry start in the cold and tenuous clouds between the stars.

In spite of the extremely low temperatures and densities, these clouds contain a surprisingly rich and interesting chemistry, as evidenced by the detection of nearly 200 different molecules, from simple to complex. New facilities such as ALMA allow us to zoom in on dense cloud cores and planetary system construction sites with unprecedented sharpness and sensitivity.

Spectral scans of young disks contain tens of thousands of rotational lines, revealing water and a surprisingly rich variety of organic materials, including simple sugars and high abundances of deuterated species. How are these molecules formed and

what chemical processes play a role? How common are they?


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