Winter School 2020: Astrochemistry

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 9:30am to Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 5:00pm

The practice of astrochemistry is not just about understanding how molecules form, react and annihilate in the atmospheres of planets, in stars, in the ISM, and .... It is also, more and more, about how life-enabling precursors are formed, were transported to the Earth, moon, ... This school aims to bring some of the leading practitioners in this field, who think and conduct research in forming these molecules in the lab, observe them in space, and calculate and simulate their properties on computers. The students with interests in this broad spectrum of topics will have the opportunity to intimately engage in discussions with the lecturers.

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Dr. McCarthy’s research interests include the spectroscopy of known and postulated astronomical carbon chains, carbon rings, and carbon clusters; the chemistry and physics of the interstellar medium, and molecular radio astronomy. Mike McCarthy (CfA, Harvard Smithsonian)

Dr. Black’s research concerns dilute matter in space in all its forms, including interstellar matter, comets, atmospheres, stellar winds, and photoionized nebulae. John is interested in atomic and molecular processes and spectroscopy in all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. John H. Black (Chalmers University)

Dr. Savin’s research addresses forefront questions in astrophysics, planetary science, and solar physics through astronomical observations coupled with experimental studies of the underlying atomic, molecular, condensed matter, and plasma physics that control the observed properties of the cosmos. Daniel Wolf Savin (Columbia University)

Dr. Widicus Weaver research is in the emerging field of prebiotic astrochemistry, to investigate the chemical mechanisms in space that lead to the development of biological systems through interdisciplinary work in laboratory spectroscopy, observational astronomy, and astrochemical modelling. Susanna Widicus Weaver (Emory University)

Dr. Ziurys reasearch interests are in radio and millimeter astronomy, molecular astrophysics, astrochemistry, interstellar medium, astrobiology, and laboratory astrophysics.
Lucy Ziurys (University of Arizona)

Dr. Bovino’s research interests are on studies of formation and evolution of galaxies as a function of the local environment in which they reside, star clusters and stellar populations, stellar variability, theoretical astrochemistry, magneto-hydrodynamics and stellar dynamics. Stefano Bovino (University of Concepción)

Dr. Karman’s research interests are on atomic and molecular physics, theoretical chemistry, molecular interactions, molecular collisions, ultracold molecules, atmospheric chemistry, astrochemistry and collision-induced absorption. Tijs Karman (ITAMP, CfA, Harvard Smithsonian)