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Astronomy Colloquium - "Interstellar aromatic molecules: A combined laboratory, observational, and modeling approach"

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Department of Astronomy
Location
134 Astronomy
Date
Oct 10, 2017   3:45 pm  
Speaker
Brett McGuire, NRAO
Contact
Rebecca Bare
E-Mail
rsbare@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-3090
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The Unidentified Infrared Bands, the low-frequency analog to the Diffuse Interstellar Bands, are now widely believed to originate from the emission of large, aromatic molecules in high-energy environments.  Despite this, no individual species has been identified as a carrier, and indeed the only five- or six-membered aromatic ring molecule reported in the ISM is a single-line detection of benzene.  Here, I will discuss a dedicated laboratory, observational (GBT), and modeling effort which has resulted in the first definitive identification and quantification of a benzene-ring containing aromatic molecule.  The results will shed light on the probably formation pathways for larger aromatic species, and have identified a successful methodology for future, comprehensive investigations.

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