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Departmental Colloquium

Title
Molecular Astrophysics: Cool Stars and Exoplanets  
Guest Speaker
Prof. Peter Bernath  
Guest Affiliation
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA  
Host
Prof. Phillip Stancil  
When
Thursday, January 26, 2017 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm  
Location
Physics Auditorium (Rm 202)  
Details
The spectra of "cool" astronomical objects such as low mass stars, brown dwarfs and exoplanets are dominated by molecular absorption features. Of particular interest are methane, water, ammonia and diatomic hydrides at high temperatures. An overview of this area of molecular astronomy will be presented from a spectroscopic perspective. The talk will include emission and absorption laboratory measurements of hot molecules by Fourier transform spectroscopy as related to exoplanets.  

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