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The molecular universe: an interdisciplinary programme on the physics and chemistry of molecules in space

Objective

Molecules are an important component of the universe which dominate the cooling and degree of ionization of interstellar gas clouds and, hence, regulate star and planet formation. The exploration of paths towards chemical complexity in space has direct bea ring on the origin and evolution of life. Moreover, molecular transitions provide a sensitive probe of the dynamics and the physical and chemical conditions in a wide range of objects at scales ranging from newly formed planetary systems to galactic and ex tragalactic sizes. Near-future large scale observatories by the European Space Agency and the European Southern Observatory - in partnership with American and Far-East organizations - will open up the universe to high spatial and spectral resolution studie s of molecules and, hence, the study of the key astrophysical and astrochemical processes involved in the formation and evolution of planets, stars, and galaxies. These new missions will lead to a multitude of molecular line data in a variety of astrophysi cal environments. Identification, analysis, and interpretation of this data in terms of the physical and chemical characteristics of the astronomical sources and the origin and evolution of the molecular universe will require a concerted effort by physicis ts, chemists, and astronomers in the areas of molecular spectroscopy, collisional excitation processes, chemical reactions, and astronomical modelling on species of astrophysical relevance. The results of this expert effort need to be made easly accessible to the scientific community through web-based data archives. The Research and Training Network on the Molecular Universe provides a cohesive framework for the training and development of researchers in the early stages of their career, combining European researchers in the areas of laboratory spectroscopy, laboratory astrochemistry, molecular quantum mechanical studies, astronomical modellers, and experts on data bases and web interfaces.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/spectroscopy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/planets
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/astrochemistry
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy/infrared astronomy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/molecular and chemical physics

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-MOBILITY-1
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Funding Scheme

RTN - Marie Curie actions-Research Training Networks

Coordinator

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Address
Broerstraat 5
Groningen
Netherlands

Participants (20)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3 Rue Michel-ange
Paris
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Calle Serrano 117
Madrid
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITäT GöTTINGEN
Germany
Address
Wilhelmplatz 1
Gã¶ttingen
GöTEBORG UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
Vasaparken
Gã¶teborg
OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS-MEUDON
France
Address
Place J. Janssen, 5
Meudon
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
Address
Geert Grootplein-noord 9
Nijmegen
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
Address
University Offices, Wellington Square
Oxford
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
Address
Rapenburg 70
9500, 2300 RA Leiden
UNIVERSITY OF BASEL
Switzerland
Address
Petersplatz 1
Basel
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
Address
Old Shire Hall, Old Elvet
Durham
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
United Kingdom
Address
Sackville Street
Manchester
UNIVERSITà DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italy
Address
Piazza Dell'universitã , 1
Perugia
UNIVERSITé BORDEAUX I
France
Address
Cours De La Libã©ration
Talence
UNIVERSITé DE RENNES 1
France
Address
2, Rue Du Thabor
Rennes
UNIVERSITé DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DE LILLE
France
Address
Citã© Scientifique - Bã¢timent A3
Villeneuve D'ascq
UNIVERSITé JOSEPH FOURIER - GRENOBLE 1
France
Address
621, Avenue Centrale - Domaine Universitaire De Saint Martin D'hã¨res
Grenoble
UNIVERSITé PARIS XI PARIS-SUD
France
Address
15 Avenue Georges Clemenceau
Orsay Cedex
UNIVERSITé PAUL SABATIER - TOULOUSE III
France
Address
Route De Narbonne 118
Toulouse
UNIVERSITÿT ZU KÿLN
Germany
Address
Albertus-magnus-platz 1
Cologne
WARSAW UNIVERSITY
Poland
Address
Krakowski Przedmiescie 26/28
Warsaw