Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 13–20 | Cite as

The onset of condensation: Association reactions

  • Eric Herbst


Association reactions are important in a variety of astronomical regions for increasing molecular complexity and as a prelude to condensation. Theories are presented for the two mechanisms — three-body and radiative — by which association reactions occur in the gas phase. The theory for three-body association is in satisfactory agreement with a variety of laboratory studies. This agreement lends confidence to the idea that both theories can be utilized for association reactions of astrophysical importance.


Laboratory Study Satisfactory Agreement Molecular Complexity Association Reaction Astrophysical Importance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Herbst
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  1. 1.Dept of ChemistryCollege of William and MaryWilliamsburgU.S.A.

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