Chemistry in Space

  • J. M. Greenberg
  • V. Pirronello

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 323)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Nuclear Processes

    1. Francesca Matteucci
      Pages 1-41
    2. Maurice M. Shapiro
      Pages 43-69
  3. Molecules and Dust in Interstellar and Circumstellar Environments

    1. A. Dalgarno
      Pages 71-87
    2. Alain Omont
      Pages 171-197
    3. A. Dalgarno, S. Lepp
      Pages 199-209
    4. A. Léger, L. D’Hendecourt, L. Verstraete, P. Ehrenfreund
      Pages 211-225
  4. Solar System

    1. J. S. Lewis, M. L. Hutson
      Pages 321-338
    2. E. N. Evlanov, M. N. Fomenkova, V. N. Khromov, L. M. Mukhin, O. F. Prilutsky, R. Z. Sagdeev et al.
      Pages 383-397
    3. L. M. Mukhin, Yu. P. Dikov, E. N. Evlanov, M. N. Fomenkova, A. D. Grechinskiy, M. A. Nazarov et al.
      Pages 399-414
  5. Contributed papers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. N. Petrović, S. D. Bosanac
      Pages 419-420
    3. P. Schmelcher, L. S. Cederbaum, H. D. Meyer
      Pages 421-422
    4. James R. Henderson, Jonathan Tennyson, Steven Miller
      Pages 423-424
    5. S. Aiello, C. Cecchi-Pestellini
      Pages 427-431
    6. Y. C. Minh, W. M. Irvine
      Pages 435-436
    7. C. X. Mendoza-Gomez, J. M. Greenberg, G. B. Eijkel, J. J. Boon
      Pages 455-457
    8. M. N. Fomenkova
      Pages 459-460
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 463-467

About this book


This volume contains the lectures presented at the first course of the Inter­ national School of Space Chemistry held in Erice (Sicily) from May 10 to May 20 at the 'E. Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture'. The course was attended by 57 participants from 11 countries. The recognition by Professor A. Zichichi that space chemistry is one of the important and rapidly growing scientific disciplines with many and varied appli­ cations provided the stimulation to initiate this new school. Historically, the study of chemistry in space had its major origins in comets, the solar nebula and circumstellar envelopes before the interstellar medium achieved its current prominence. A remarkably rapid development in interstellar chemistry was precipitated by the discovery of formaldehyde in the late 1960's made possible by the new radio observational techniques. A four atom molecule in interstellar space was indeed a surprise considering that only a short time ear­ lier there were still arguments about the existence of the simplest of all molecules - the hydrogen molecule. The application of ion-molecule reactions to interstellar cloud chemistry provided a rich variety of new possibilities which were, however, continuously under pressure to keep pace with radio-astronomical discoveries of more and more complex molecules.


LOPES Supernova collision cosmic ray interstellar matter molecule observatory particles solar system spectra spectroscopy star star formation

Editors and affiliations

  • J. M. Greenberg
    • 1
  • V. Pirronello
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory AstrophysicsUniversity of LeidenLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CalabriaRendeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6798-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0695-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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