Molecules play a decisive role in a multitude of astronomical environments like the interstellar medium, star-forming regions, stellar environments and atmospheres of planets and their satellites. They enabled the collapse of the primeval clouds in the early universe to form the first stars, influence the formation of stars and planetary systems and are fundamental ingredients in planetary atmospheres and cometary comae.
the early universe
dark and diffuse interstellar clouds
star-forming regions and protoplanetary disks
atmospheres of plants and their satellites
Furthermore, participants will be introduced into the chemistry that is prevalent in all these objects, the experimental methods to characterise such processes and the possibility to predict molecular ebundances by chemical models of large reaction networks.
The event will be organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology. Dr. Wolf Geppert (physicist at Stockholm University) and Dr. Carina Persson (astronomer at Chalmers University of Technology) function as co-organisers. Observations at the 20 m telescope at Onsala and exercises will complement the lecture programme. The programme of the summer school comprises:
lectures by internationally leading scientists covering a broad range of subjects in astrochemistry
observations of a small, cold molecular cloud using the 20 m telescope at Onsala Space Observatory to determine its mass and whether it is going to collapse forming a star
state-of-the art model calculations of the chemistry of dark clouds and ice surfaces
usage of observations to determine physical parameters in astronomical object
a poster sessions for the participating students and early career scientists
The course is aimed for Ph. D. students and early career scientists (up to 5 years after their first Ph. D.) in fields relevant to astrochemistry and astrobiology. It is open to applicants from all nationalities. Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure (deadline 2 April 2013) can be found here.
Successful applicants accepted by the organisers will receive free lodging, meals and excursions, but will have to organise financial means for their travel to and from Onsala themselves. Course credit awards (3 ECTS points) for Ph. D. students will be applied for by the course organisers.