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Quantitative spectroscopy for atmospheric and astrophysical research

Objective

In order to model our environment, or indeed the many environments that occur in the Universe, one needs to know its molecular constitution. Beyond determining what is there, an essential element to the successful modelling of such an environment is to know precisely how much is there. Molecular spectroscopy allows one to obtain information about molecules by analysing the absorption and emission of light. Since light can travel long distances before being detected and analysed, spectroscopy is ideally suit ed for remote sensing, one can identify molecules in locations not easily accessible, such as the upper layers of the Earth's atmosphere, interstellar clouds, and the atmospheres of other planets, comets and of cool stars. Not only can one use spectroscopic methods to determine what is there, but also how much is there.

The aims of the network are:
(1) to provide high-accuracy experimental and theoretical data on molecular transitions needed for measurements in remote environments; and
(2) to train early-stage and experienced researchers with the quantitative experimental and theoretical skills to make and interpret such spectroscopic measurements.

The multidisciplinary network combines diverse, state-of-the-art experimental techniques with a variety of high-level theoretical methods. To design an experiment capable of carrying out measurements with the accuracy needed for remote sensing, it is necessary to draw on numerous disciplines such as optics, electronics design, vacuum technology, and informatics. Similarly, the theoretical component of the network draws on theoretical chemistry and physics, applied mathematics, and informatics.

The expected, high-accuracy results will also have significant applications in metrology, combustion science and studies of plasmas for industrial purposes. Moreover, highly accurate measurements of molecular energies serve as a unique base tool for molecular dynamics and intra-molecular energy transfer studies.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-MOBILITY-1
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Funding Scheme

RTN - Marie Curie actions-Research Training Networks

Coordinator

BERGISCHE UNIVERSITÄT WUPPERTAL
Address
Gaussstrasse 20
Wuppertal
Germany

Participants (12)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Ecublens
Lausanne
EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY
Hungary
Address
Egyetem Ter 1-3
Budapest
FARMACEUTICKÁ FAKULTA UNIVERZITY KOMENSKÉHO
Slovakia
Address
Odbojárov 10
Bratislava
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Address
Yliopistonkatu 4
Helsinki
INSTITUTE OF CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY PRAGUE
Czechia
Address
Technická 5
Praha 6
MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FÜR KOHLENFORSCHUNG
Germany
Address
Kaiser-wilhelm-platz 1
Mülheim/ruhr
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Gower Street
London
UNIVERSITÄT ZU KÖLN
Germany
Address
Albertus-magnus-platz 1
Köln
UNIVERSITÉ DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DE LILLE
France
Address
Cité Scientifique (Batiment A3)
Villeneuve D'ascq
UNIVERSITÉ JOSEPH FOURIER - GRENOBLE 1
France
Address
621 Avenue Centrale - Domaine Universitaire
Grenoble
UNIVERSITÉ LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
Bruxelles
UNIVERSITÉ PARIS XII, VAL DE MARNE
France
Address
61 Avenue Du Général De Gaulle
Créteil