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4:00 pm
Room 304, Chemistry Building

Molecular Astronomy: Cool stars, brown dwarfs and exoplanets


Professor Peter Bernath
Old Dominion University

Hosted by: Professor Kevin Lehmann

The spectral energy distributions 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 metal hydrides at high temperatures. An overview of this area of molecular astronomy will be presented from a spectroscopic perspective. The talk will concentrate on emission and absorption measurements of hot molecules by Fourier transform spectroscopy related to exoplanets.