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Astrochemistry: Synthesis and Modelling

Valentine Wakelam
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Cuppen Herma M.
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Herbst Eric
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We discuss models that astrochemists have developed to study the chemical composition of the interstellar medium. These models aim at computing the evolution of the chemical composition of a mixture of gas and dust under astrophysical conditions. These conditions, as well as the geometry and the physical dynamics, have to be adapted to the objects being studied because different classes of objects have very different characteristics (temperatures, densities, UV radiation fields, geometry, history etc); e.g., proto-planetary disks do not have the same characteristics as proto-stellar envelopes. Chemical models are being improved continually thanks to comparisons with observations but also thanks to laboratory and theoretical work in which the individual processes are studied.
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hal-00764426 , version 1 (13-12-2012)


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Valentine Wakelam, Cuppen Herma M., Herbst Eric. Astrochemistry: Synthesis and Modelling. Smith, Ian W. M.; Cockell, Charles S.; Leach, Sydney (Eds.). Astrochemistry and Astrobiology - ISBN 978-3-642-31730-9 - Springer-Verlag GmbH -, Springer-Verlag GmbH, p. 115-143, 2013, Physical Chemistry in Action, 978-3-642-31730-9. ⟨hal-00764426⟩


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