The Diverse Impact of Chemical Environment on Interstellar Chemical Evolution

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 3:30pm PDT
Brett McGuire
N232, room 103
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Chemical and physical environments have an incredible impact on the study of the complex molecular evolution in the interstellar medium (ISM) that led to the amino acids and other biologically-relevant molecules we see in the meteorites today. I will discuss examples of how local environment and long-range (dis-)order have impacted the spectroscopy we have used to study condensed-phase molecules in the laboratory and observationally. As well, I will highlight a number of cases in which new gas-phase molecular detections in the ISM have informed, or been informed by, the local chemical and radiation environments. Finally, I will touch upon recent laboratory efforts to use knowledge of chemical environments to further unbiased and semi-automated molecular discovery efforts.


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