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Gas-Phase Chemistry in Space: From elementary particles to complex organic molecules

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Maurice MONNERVILLE, professor of the University of Lille and member of the PCMT team of the PhLAM laboratory participated in the writing of the book : "Gas-Phase Chemistry in Space: From elementary particles to complex organic molecules". He was particularly involved in the chapter 3 entitled "Gas-phase Chemistry: Reactive Bimolecular Collisions". In this chapter, he presents the different theoretical quantum time dependent and time independent methods used for calculating physical quantities essential for astrophysical models as cross sections and rate constants. The efficiency and the application of these methods are also discussed.

This chapter 3 deals with bimolecular reactive collisions both from a theoretical and experimental point of view. An overview of current methods is presented with some recent examples in astrophysics.


Title of the book : Gas-Phase Chemistry in Space: From elementary particles to complex organic molecules

Editors : François Lique and Alexandre Faure

Autors : Sébastien Le Picard, Ludovic Biennier, Maurice Monnerville and Hua Guo

Publishing house : AAS IOP Astronomy

Link : https://iopscience.iop.org/book/978-0-7503-1425-1

Abstract : Gas-Phase Chemistry in Space: From elementary particles to complex organic molecules is written by a collection of experts in the field of astrochemistry. The book introduces essential concepts that govern the formation, excitation and destruction of molecules at a postgraduate and research level. A broad range of topics are covered; from early universe chemistry and stellar nucleosynthesis, to the study of bimolecular reaction kinetics. Detailed description of the gas-phase process is provided and recent examples of the interplay between observational and laboratory astrophysics are examined. Using more than 100 figures, as well as examples, this work reveals, in detail, both theoretical and experimental perspectives that can be implemented in future discoveries.