- A.G.G.M. Tielens, Rev. Mod. Phys. 85, 1021 (2013)
This section starts with the role of molecules in space.
- molecules are abundant and widespread in space
- formation of stars and evolution of galaxies
- periotic interstellar molecules
might represent the first step towards life.
Then the developments of how to detect molecules in space are briefly stated.
- 1930s: the discovery of diatomic molecules in space through their optical transitions.
- 1960s: simple molecules through rotational transitions
- 1990s: molecules are present all of space, infrared and submilllimeter observation
- 1995, the Infrared Space Observatory
- 2005, the Spitzer Space Telescope
- 2009, the Herschel Space Observatory
- ..., the Atacama Large Millimeter Array
- who knows, the James Webb Space Telescope
II. The molecular inventory of the interstellar medium
Interstellar medium is where the further generations of stars are created.
- ISM plays a central role in the evolution of galaxies.
- PAHs are the most abundant polyatomic species in space, but no individual PAH has been identified.
- How is the first generation of star created?
- Why is
kinetics more important than
thermodynamics in determining the organic inventory in space?