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Cosmic Rays in the Interstellar Medium

  • Serena Viti
  • Estelle Bayet
  • Thomas W. Hartquist
  • Thomas A. Bell
  • David A. Williams
  • Manda Banerji
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 34)

Abstract

In this article we will highlight the importance of cosmic rays for the chemistry of the interstellar medium (ISM) in our own Milky Way as well as in external galaxies. We will review the methodologies employed to determine the cosmic ray ionization rates in the ISM, how cosmic rays rates can influence the determination of the mass of a galaxy and, finally, how cosmic rays affect star formation and its rate.

Keywords

Star Formation Molecular Cloud Star Formation Rate Initial Mass Function Fractional Abundance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Serena Viti
    • 1
  • Estelle Bayet
    • 2
  • Thomas W. Hartquist
    • 3
  • Thomas A. Bell
    • 4
  • David A. Williams
    • 1
  • Manda Banerji
    • 5
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Sub-Department of AstrophysicsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  3. 3.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  4. 4.Centro de Astrobiologa, CSIC–INTAMadridSpain
  5. 5.Institute of AstronomyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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