Interstellar Cloud Chemistry Revisited

  • David R. Bates
Part of the Physics of Atoms and Molecules book series (PAMO)


My first encounter with interstellar cloud chemistry (Bates and Spitzer 1951) took place 35 years ago. The field then had a semblance of simplicity. Absorption lines in the spectra of a number of stars had revealed the existence of molecules in interstellar space. The only identified neutrals were CH and CN (Swings and Rosenfeld 1937, McKellar 1940, Adams 1941) and the only identified ion was CH+ (Douglas and Herzberg 1941).


Rate Coefficient Proton Affinity Interstellar Cloud Dissociative Recombination Radiationless Transition 
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  • David R. Bates
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  1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical PhysicsQueen’s University of BelfastBelfastUK

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