Student Seminar

Name:  Mr. Mane Sham Janak

Title- Astrochemistry: Unraveling Chemical Composition of Interstellar Clouds and Stars via Advanced Measurements Techniques

Date & Time: Thursday, 1st February at 4.00 p.m. 

Venue: Rajarshi Bhattacharya Memorial Lecture Hall, Chemical Sciences Building


Astrochemistry, an interdisciplinary field of astronomy and chemistry, plays a vital role in deciphering the mysteries of the cosmos. Within the cold, low-pressure expanse of space, molecules and the complex reactions governing their existence challenge conventional chemical principles, ushering researchers into innovative ideas of exploration and discovery; from radio, infrared and X-ray spectroscopy to high-resolution imaging, these tools provide astronomers and chemists with unprecedented insights into the molecular information of cosmic environments. By studying the spectral fingerprints of molecules, scientists can discover the conditions and mechanisms driving chemical reactions in space. Emphasis will be placed on stars’ role in shaping galaxies’ chemical landscape.

This talk will highlight recent discoveries and breakthroughs in detecting and analysing the diverse molecules present in interstellar environments, focusing on the cutting-edge techniques employed to unravel the complex chemical composition of interstellar clouds and stars.


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